Leidos (LDOS) Given Daily Media Impact Score of 0.16

News headlines about Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Leidos earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the aerospace company an impact score of 46.732415222846 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Leidos (NYSE LDOS) traded up $1.51 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $69.42. 1,250,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,040,000. Leidos has a 12-month low of $49.84 and a 12-month high of $69.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 1.21 and a quick ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market cap of $10,510.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.17, a P/E/G ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.60.

Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 22nd. The aerospace company reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.83 by $0.04. Leidos had a net margin of 3.60% and a return on equity of 17.47%. The company had revenue of $2.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.57 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.75 EPS. Leidos’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Leidos will post 4.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. Leidos’s payout ratio is currently 53.78%.

Leidos declared that its board has authorized a share repurchase plan on Thursday, February 22nd that permits the company to repurchase 20,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization permits the aerospace company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

LDOS has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Citigroup increased their price objective on shares of Leidos from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 26th. Jefferies Group raised their price objective on shares of Leidos from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price objective on shares of Leidos in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $68.00 price objective on shares of Leidos in a report on Tuesday, November 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Leidos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $71.80.

In related news, Director John P. Jumper sold 61,212 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.06, for a total value of $3,921,240.72. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 306,709 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,647,778.54. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Leidos

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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