Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LDOS) was the target of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors bought 2,303 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately Infinity compared to the average daily volume of 0 call options.

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

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LDOS. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. lifted its position in Leidos Holdings by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 1,975 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $102,000 after buying an additional 18 shares during the last quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. lifted its position in Leidos Holdings by 31.2% in the 2nd quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. now owns 2,158 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $111,000 after buying an additional 513 shares during the last quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lifted its position in Leidos Holdings by 2.0% in the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,191 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 44 shares during the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in Leidos Holdings by 263.0% in the 2nd quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 3,111 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $161,000 after buying an additional 2,254 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Hanseatic Management Services Inc. bought a new stake in Leidos Holdings in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $174,000. Institutional investors own 73.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on LDOS. Cowen and Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $66.00 price target (up previously from $62.00) on shares of Leidos Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) upgraded Leidos Holdings from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $61.00 to $68.00 in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. ValuEngine upgraded Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub upgraded Leidos Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price target on shares of Leidos Holdings in a research report on Friday, August 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. Leidos Holdings presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $66.18.

Shares of Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) opened at $61.09 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,350.00, a P/E ratio of 16.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 1.67. Leidos Holdings has a 12-month low of $47.30 and a 12-month high of $64.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 1.27 and a quick ratio of 1.03.

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

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Leidos Holdings Company Profile

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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