Press coverage about Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leidos earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.5276656482332 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
Leidos (NYSE LDOS) traded down $0.08 on Wednesday, hitting $64.06. 1,134,078 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 925,513. Leidos has a twelve month low of $47.81 and a twelve month high of $64.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.03. The company has a market capitalization of $9,725.95, a PE ratio of 17.76, a P/E/G ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 1.69.
Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The aerospace company reported $0.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.14. Leidos had a net margin of 3.04% and a return on equity of 17.20%. The firm had revenue of $2.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.55 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.25 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 34.0% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Leidos will post 3.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 18th will be paid a $0.32 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 15th. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.00%. Leidos’s payout ratio is presently 63.05%.
A number of research analysts have recently commented on LDOS shares. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 price objective on shares of Leidos in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Leidos from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $69.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Leidos from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price target on shares of Leidos in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Argus raised their price objective on shares of Leidos from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Leidos presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $68.00.
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Leidos 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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