Media headlines about Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leidos Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the aerospace company an impact score of 46.9080973181316 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $61.84. 948,900 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 941,008. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,347.75, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.07, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 1.69. Leidos Holdings has a 1-year low of $47.30 and a 1-year high of $64.20.

Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The aerospace company reported $0.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $2.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.55 billion. Leidos Holdings had a net margin of 3.04% and a return on equity of 17.20%. The firm’s revenue was up 34.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.25 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Leidos Holdings will post 3.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

LDOS has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. TheStreet raised shares of Leidos Holdings from a “c+” rating to a “b+” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Argus upped their price objective on shares of Leidos Holdings from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Saturday, August 5th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Leidos Holdings in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Leidos Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $66.18.

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In related news, Director Gary Stephen May sold 800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.75, for a total transaction of $44,600.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $372,410. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jerald S. Howe, Jr. acquired 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $55.32 per share, for a total transaction of $110,640.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 2,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $110,640. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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