KEYW (KEYW) Trading 5.6% Higher

KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW)’s share price traded up 5.6% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $9.50 and last traded at $9.44. 626,789 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 28% from the average session volume of 488,293 shares. The stock had previously closed at $8.94.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of KEYW from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. ValuEngine raised shares of KEYW from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of KEYW from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. William Blair assumed coverage on shares of KEYW in a research report on Monday, October 1st. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus dropped their price objective on shares of KEYW from $9.00 to $8.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $9.20.

The stock has a market capitalization of $424.97 million, a P/E ratio of -20.98 and a beta of 0.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a current ratio of 2.35.

KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th. The software maker reported ($0.04) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by ($0.03). KEYW had a negative return on equity of 2.55% and a negative net margin of 0.09%. The business had revenue of $126.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $125.51 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted ($0.08) earnings per share. KEYW’s revenue was up 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that KEYW Holding Corp. will post -0.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KEYW. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in KEYW during the second quarter worth about $104,000. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new position in KEYW during the second quarter worth about $109,000. First Command Financial Services Inc. bought a new position in KEYW during the third quarter worth about $264,000. NJ State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan bought a new position in KEYW during the third quarter worth about $433,000. Finally, Aperio Group LLC grew its stake in KEYW by 23.1% during the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 57,993 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $507,000 after buying an additional 10,894 shares in the last quarter.

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About KEYW (NASDAQ: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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