Positive News Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Leidos Holdings (LDOS) Stock Price

Press coverage about Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) has trended 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 Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the aerospace company an impact score of 96 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several research firms recently issued reports on LDOS. BidaskClub lowered shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, July 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Cowen and Company increased their price target on shares of Leidos Holdings from $58.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Vertical Research began coverage on shares of Leidos Holdings in a research report on Thursday, March 16th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $67.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $56.50.

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) traded down 0.02% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $52.06. 12,071 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $7.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.50 and a beta of 1.73. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $54.16 and its 200-day moving average price is $52.26. Leidos Holdings has a 52 week low of $37.79 and a 52 week high of $56.67.

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 4th. The aerospace company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $2.58 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.54 billion. Leidos Holdings had a net margin of 3.16% and a return on equity of 16.70%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 96.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.72 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Leidos Holdings will post $3.35 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 15th were given a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 13th. Leidos Holdings’s dividend payout ratio is 57.92%.

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About Leidos Holdings

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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