KEYW Target of Unusually High Options Trading (KEYW)

KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock traders acquired 1,116 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,429% compared to the typical daily volume of 73 call options.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Voya Investment Management LLC grew its stake in KEYW by 32.1% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 19,478 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $182,000 after acquiring an additional 4,736 shares in the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. grew its stake in KEYW by 38.5% during the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 28,400 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $266,000 after acquiring an additional 7,900 shares in the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors grew its stake in KEYW by 5.1% during the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 29,725 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $278,000 after acquiring an additional 1,436 shares in the last quarter. Redmond Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in KEYW during the fourth quarter valued at $343,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its stake in KEYW by 31.6% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 39,884 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $373,000 after acquiring an additional 9,587 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.76% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of KEYW from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 price objective on shares of KEYW in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Chardan Capital downgraded shares of KEYW from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of KEYW in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $6.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of KEYW from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.20.

Shares of KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) opened at $7.50 on Friday. KEYW has a 52-week low of $4.94 and a 52-week high of $10.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 1.25 and a current ratio of 1.48.

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KEYW Company Profile

The KeyW Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of the Intelligence, cyber and counterterrorism communities missions. It operates through Government Solutions segment.

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