Leidos (LDOS) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about Leidos (NYSE:LDOS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded 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 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.5720951566378 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.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Several equities research analysts have weighed in on LDOS shares. Citigroup raised their target price on shares of Leidos from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Leidos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Jefferies Group raised their target price on shares of Leidos from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price target on shares of Leidos in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Leidos from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $72.33.

Shares of NYSE LDOS traded down $1.62 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $64.86. The company had a trading volume of 704,167 shares, compared to its average volume of 998,164. The stock has a market cap of $9,823.63, a P/E ratio of 17.44, a P/E/G ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.61. Leidos has a 1 year low of $49.91 and a 1 year high of $70.11. The company has a current ratio of 1.21, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90.

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

Leidos declared that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, February 22nd that authorizes the company to repurchase 20,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the aerospace company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a $0.32 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.97%. Leidos’s dividend payout ratio is currently 34.41%.

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Leidos Company Profile

Leidos Holdings, Inc provides services and solutions in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets primarily in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Defense Solutions, Civil, and Health. The Defense Solutions segment offers national security solutions and systems for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for the U.S.

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