Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS] is -9.35% lower this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

Leidos Holdings Inc. [NYSE: LDOS] gained 0.45% or 0.4 points to close at $88.74 with a heavy trading volume of 1082493 shares. The company report on September 10, 2020 that Leidos Appoints Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams (Ret.) to Vice President, Defense Group Logistics.

Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams (U.S. Army, Ret.) as Vice President, Defense Group Logistics, effective immediately. In his role, Williams will support the planning, oversight, and execution of logistics activities across the group, and drive innovation into corporate-wide logistics offerings.

“Darrell brings a deep understanding of our customers’ ‘can’t fail’ missions and an unwavering commitment to their success,” said Gerry Fasano, Leidos Defense Group president. “Through his experience directing supply chains for the U.S. military, as well as federal, state, local and international partners, and overseeing the National Defense Stockpile, Darrell has demonstrated strong leadership, supporting optimization and change management. We are proud to add Darrell to our strong bench of talent providing reliable and innovative support for our customers.”.

It opened the trading session at $88.72, the shares rose to $89.79 and dropped to $88.45, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for LDOS points out that the company has recorded 9.04% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -30.5% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 1.08M shares, LDOS reached to a volume of 1082493 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for LDOS shares is $117.92 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on LDOS stock is a recommendation set at 1.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Evercore ISI have made an estimate for Leidos Holdings Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on August 21, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Credit Suisse raised their target price to Outperform. The new note on the price target was released on May 07, 2020, representing the official price target for Leidos Holdings Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $115, while Citigroup analysts kept a Buy rating on LDOS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Leidos Holdings Inc. is set at 2.17, with the Price to Sales ratio for LDOS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.07. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.56, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 4.20. Price to Free Cash Flow for LDOS in the course of the last twelve months was 13.07 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.80.

Trading performance analysis for LDOS stock

Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.53. With this latest performance, LDOS shares dropped by -6.31% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 9.04% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 2.83% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for LDOS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 47.81, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 47.83, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 46.10 for Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 90.36, while it was recorded at 87.46 for the last single week of trading, and 96.56 for the last 200 days.

Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS] shares currently have an operating margin of +8.10 and a Gross Margin at +13.95. Leidos Holdings Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +6.01.

Return on Total Capital for LDOS is now 13.52, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 10.24. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 19.85, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.15. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 100.91. Additionally, LDOS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 50.23, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 35.66. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 95.25, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 47.41.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS] managed to generate an average of $19,618 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.14 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 1.19.Leidos Holdings Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.80 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.

Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Leidos Holdings Inc. posted 1.36/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.19/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 14.30%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for LDOS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Leidos Holdings Inc. go to 10.93%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Leidos Holdings Inc. [LDOS]

There are presently around $9,634 million, or 77.50% of LDOS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of LDOS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 15,870,529, which is approximately -3.313% of the company’s market cap and around 0.50% of the total institutional ownership; JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, holding 9,229,761 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $819.05 million in LDOS stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $801.71 million in LDOS stock with ownership of nearly -3.39% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Leidos Holdings Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 315 institutional holders increased their position in Leidos Holdings Inc. [NYSE:LDOS] by around 9,867,322 shares. Additionally, 274 investors decreased positions by around 10,375,782 shares, while 71 investors held positions by with 88,317,562 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 108,560,666 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LDOS stock had 90 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,212,697 shares, while 59 institutional investors sold positions of 1,416,328 shares during the same period.

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