Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media headlines about Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leidos Holdings earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.598596231779 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of research firms have commented on LDOS. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Leidos Holdings in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 price objective on shares of Leidos Holdings in a report on Friday, August 18th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) upgraded shares of Leidos Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $61.00 to $68.00 in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective for the company in a report on Saturday, August 5th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Leidos Holdings currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $65.00.

Shares of Leidos Holdings (LDOS) opened at 62.47 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $9.45 billion, a PE ratio of 27.99 and a beta of 1.72. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $59.81 and a 200 day moving average of $55.55. Leidos Holdings has a 1-year low of $40.96 and a 1-year high of $63.68.

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The aerospace company reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.27. Leidos Holdings had a net margin of 3.34% and a return on equity of 17.35%. The firm had revenue of $2.57 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.56 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.68 earnings per share. Leidos Holdings’s revenue was up 99.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Leidos Holdings will post $3.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Monday, September 18th were issued a $0.32 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 15th. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.05%. Leidos Holdings’s payout ratio is 55.65%.

In related news, VP Jerald S. Howe, Jr. bought 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $55.32 per share, for a total transaction of $110,640.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the vice president now owns 2,000 shares in the company, valued at $110,640. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Gary Stephen May sold 800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.75, for a total transaction of $44,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 6,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $372,410. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Leidos Holdings Company Profile

Leidos Holdings, Inc (Leidos) is a science and technology solutions company focused on delivering solutions primarily in the areas of national security, health and engineering. The Company is a holding company whose direct 100%-owned subsidiary is Leidos, Inc, which delivers science and technology solutions in the areas of national security, health and engineering to agencies of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and other United States Government civil agencies, state and local government agencies, foreign governments and customers across a variety of commercial markets.

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