KEYW (KEYW) Lifted to Buy at Zacks Investment Research

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KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Saturday. The firm currently has a $9.00 price target on the software maker’s stock. Zacks Investment Research‘s price target would indicate a potential upside of 18.27% from the stock’s previous close.

According to Zacks, “KEYW Corporation with its subsidiaries is engaged in providing mission-critical cyber security and cyber superiority solutions to defense, intelligence and national security agencies. Its solutions, services and products support the collection, processing, analysis, and use of intelligence data and information in the domain of cyberspace. The Company provides a full range of engineering services as well as fully integrated platforms that support the entire intelligence process. Its platform includes products that it manufactures, as well as hardware and software that the Company integrates using its engineering services. Its current customers include the National Security Agency (NSA), other intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense (including major agencies and branches within the Department of Defense) and other federal defense and law enforcement agencies. KEYW Corporation is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland. “

A number of other research firms have also recently weighed in on KEYW. ValuEngine cut KEYW from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 21st. Drexel Hamilton reissued a “hold” rating on shares of KEYW in a research report on Wednesday. BidaskClub cut KEYW from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 18th. TheStreet raised KEYW from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Monday, November 26th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of KEYW in a research report on Tuesday. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.38.

KEYW stock opened at $7.61 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.42, a current ratio of 1.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92. The firm has a market capitalization of $415.82 million, a PE ratio of -42.28 and a beta of 1.28. KEYW has a 1-year low of $6.12 and a 1-year high of $10.06.

KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 12th. The software maker reported ($0.02) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.01 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $126.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $128.10 million. KEYW had a negative return on equity of 2.92% and a negative net margin of 4.34%. KEYW’s revenue for the quarter was down .5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts expect that KEYW will post 0.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of KEYW. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. lifted its position in KEYW by 8.9% during the 3rd quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. now owns 173,832 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $1,505,000 after acquiring an additional 14,148 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in KEYW by 2.4% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,270,859 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $28,325,000 after acquiring an additional 76,407 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in KEYW by 17.3% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,279,614 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $19,742,000 after acquiring an additional 336,459 shares during the period. Royce & Associates LP lifted its position in KEYW by 26.5% during the 3rd quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 2,151,702 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $18,634,000 after acquiring an additional 450,209 shares during the period. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH acquired a new stake in KEYW during the 3rd quarter worth about $181,000.

About KEYW

The KeyW Holding Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of information across the spectrum of the intelligence, cyber, and counterterrorism communities in the United States. The company's solutions are designed to meet the critical needs of agile intelligence and U.S.

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