Media stories about Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leidos earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.9696837842328 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Technicals on Watch For Leidos Holdings Inc (LDOS) – Collins Courier (collinscourier.com)
- Boeing Secures $1.2B Deal for Manufacturing P-8A Aircraft (finance.yahoo.com)
- Leidos (LDOS) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Cowen (americanbankingnews.com)
- Former Leidos top exec cashes in as stock hits all-time high (bizjournals.com)
- Leidos Holdings, Inc. : LDOS-US: Dividend Analysis : December 18th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : December 19, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
LDOS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. TheStreet downgraded shares of Leidos from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Citigroup lifted their target price on shares of Leidos from $65.00 to $71.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Wells Fargo & Co raised shares of Leidos from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $69.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Argus lifted their target price on shares of Leidos from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Leidos from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $68.40.
Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The aerospace company reported $0.95 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $2.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.55 billion. Leidos had a net margin of 3.04% and a return on equity of 17.20%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 34.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.25 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Leidos will post 3.69 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 18th will be issued a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 15th. Leidos’s dividend payout ratio is currently 68.45%.
In other news, Director John P. Jumper sold 61,212 shares of Leidos stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.06, for a total transaction of $3,921,240.72. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 306,709 shares in the company, valued at $19,647,778.54. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 1.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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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