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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Leidos Holdings Inc (NYSE: LDOS): Is It A Buying Opportunity Again?

After Hours

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Leidos Holdings Inc (LDOS) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$2.08, or -2.00%, to $101.86. The Leidos Holdings Inc has recorded 36,291 volume in the after hours trading session. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Leidos Announces Executive Leadership Team for 2024.

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Stocks Info

LDOS belongs to the Technology sector of the NYSE while operating in the Information Technology Services industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $103.94 and fluctuated between $105.31 as its day high and $103.50 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Leidos Holdings Inc is $14.29B. A total of 1.2 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 743.82K shares.

Insider Activity

Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, LDOS has seen 8 BUY and 5 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 6,202 and the disposition of 2,690 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 104 BUYs and 93 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 527,172 shares during that period but sold 334,355.

In the most recent transaction, Stevens Roy E sold 929 shares of LDOS for 103.20 per share on Nov 02. After the transaction, the Group President now owns 39,053 company shares. In a previous transaction on Aug 04, KRAEMER HARRY M JANSEN JR sold 3,098 shares at 96.95 per share. LDOS shares that Director owns now total 84,277.

Among the insiders who bought shares, Bell Thomas Arthur acquired of 6,300 shares on May 22 at a per-share price of $78.81. This resulted in the CEO holding 6,300 shares of LDOS after the transaction. In another insider transaction, May Gary Stephen sold 2,618 shares at $78.71 per share on May 11. Company shares held by the Director now total 11,352.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Leidos Holdings Inc pays an annual dividend of $1.47, resulting in a dividend yield of 1.42%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 99.55. LDOS’s most recent ex-dividend date was 12/14/2023 when it declared a $0.38 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/29/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 9/29/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 9/14/2023. The LDOS stock dividend was $0.36 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for LDOS in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $118.71 with high estimates of $136.00 and low estimates of $100.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, LDOS has a high of $110.91 and a low of $76.58.

As of this writing, LDOS has an earnings estimate of $1.67 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 14 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.73 per share and a lower estimate of $1.59. The company reported an EPS of $1.47 in the last quarter, which was -7.50% lower than expectations of $1.59.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. LDOS’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $727.00M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $5.67B in debt and $3.23B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $30.15, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $4.34B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for LDOS is Buy with a score of 4.54.

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