L-3 Communications (LLL) Receives Media Impact Score of 0.21

News stories about L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. L-3 Communications earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the aerospace company an impact score of 46.0506686893942 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on LLL shares. Royal Bank of Canada raised shares of L-3 Communications from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $202.00 to $159.00 in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $215.00 price target on shares of L-3 Communications in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $210.00 price target on shares of L-3 Communications in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Citigroup increased their price target on shares of L-3 Communications to $230.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating on shares of L-3 Communications in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $198.36.

Shares of L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) traded up $2.42 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $197.70. The company had a trading volume of 513,943 shares, compared to its average volume of 554,281. The company has a market capitalization of $15,167.39, a PE ratio of 27.19, a PEG ratio of 3.41 and a beta of 1.19. L-3 Communications has a 1-year low of $143.54 and a 1-year high of $199.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.80 and a quick ratio of 1.62.

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The aerospace company reported $1.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.93 by $0.03. L-3 Communications had a return on equity of 14.00% and a net margin of 5.22%. The firm had revenue of $2.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.68 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.88 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that L-3 Communications will post 8.38 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th were paid a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. L-3 Communications’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.27%.

In other L-3 Communications news, insider Michael T. Strianese sold 22,547 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $186.40, for a total value of $4,202,760.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders have sold 67,639 shares of company stock worth $12,818,253 over the last 90 days. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About L-3 Communications

L3 Technologies, Inc, formerly L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc, is a prime contractor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, aircraft sustainment, simulation and training, night vision and image intensification equipment and security and detection systems. The Company provides a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms.

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