Keysight (KEYS) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.14

Media coverage about Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Keysight earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.3498701443602 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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NYSE KEYS traded down $1.48 on Friday, reaching $50.57. The company had a trading volume of 758,174 shares, compared to its average volume of 870,362. The stock has a market cap of $9,883.80, a PE ratio of 22.68 and a beta of 1.00. Keysight has a 1 year low of $35.05 and a 1 year high of $55.21. The company has a quick ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 2.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82.

Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.19. The firm had revenue of $837.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $805.96 million. Keysight had a return on equity of 18.19% and a net margin of 2.64%. Keysight’s quarterly revenue was up 15.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.57 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Keysight will post 2.7 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Keysight declared that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Tuesday, March 6th that authorizes the company to repurchase $350.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the scientific and technical instruments company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on KEYS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Keysight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Deutsche Bank boosted their target price on Keysight to $55.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Barclays set a $53.00 target price on Keysight and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, March 4th. Citigroup boosted their target price on Keysight from $55.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Keysight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. Keysight presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.50.

In other news, SVP Mark Adam Wallace sold 34,803 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.65, for a total transaction of $1,832,377.95. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 171,187 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,012,995.55. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Satish Dhanasekaran sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.94, for a total value of $103,880.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 21,945 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,139,823.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 278,415 shares of company stock valued at $13,420,794. 0.97% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Keysight Company Profile

Keysight Technologies, Inc provides electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries internationally. Its Communications Solutions Group segment provides radio frequency and microwave test instruments and related software, and electronic design automation (EDA) software tools; oscilloscopes, logic and serial protocol analyzers, logic-signal sources, arbitrary waveform generators, and bit error rate testers; optical modulation analyzers, component analyzers, power meters, and laser source products, as well as optical amplifier, filter, and other passive component solutions; and related software solutions.

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