Bull’s Eye Report: Kansas City Southern (KSU)

Buy KSU at current levels

   

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In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the “bull’s eye” stock shown below is generally their first choice.

Company Symbol Industry Stock Rating YTD% Gain S.T.
Stop Loss
Kansas City Southern KSU Railroads 8.4 +23.59% $101.68

Why We Like The Stock:

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance) with a positive technical set-up. Much like its railroad counterparts Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP), CSX Corp. (NYSE:CSX), and Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC), KSU has been having a stellar 2013 thus far. The stock hadn’t even had a modest pullback until early April. And after a few weeks of consolidation, it looks like it is continuing its march higher once again. While we’d rather buy at or around the 50-day moving average, current prices wouldn’t be too bad for a pristine technical chart like KSU. We’d set a closing stop below the April lows, just in case railroads stagnate here. Hopefully, KSU will keep riding higher.

We Would Be Buyers:

At the current price (~$107.90) or on a pullback to the 50-day moving average ($104.60).

Company Profile:

Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company with domestic and international rail operations in North America that are strategically focused on the growing north/south freight corridor connecting key commercial and industrial markets in the central United States with industrial cities in Mexico. The KCS coordinated rail network (KCSR, KCSM and Tex-Mex) comprises approximately 6,300 route miles extending from the mid west and southeast portions of the United States south into Mexico and connects with all other Class I railroads, providing shippers with an effective alternative to other railroad routes and giving direct access to Mexico and the southeast and southwest United States through alternate interchange hubs.

Stock Rating: 8.4

The Stock Rating indicates the combined score of our proprietary Earning Strength and Company Performance models. The rating scale is 0 – 10 with 10 being the highest.

Kansas City Southern – Last Three Months

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