KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW)’s share price shot up 5.6% on Thursday . The company 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.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on KEYW. ValuEngine raised shares of KEYW from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 23rd. William Blair began coverage on shares of KEYW in a research note on Monday, October 1st. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of KEYW from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 10th. BidaskClub lowered shares of KEYW from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 13th. Finally, Drexel Hamilton reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of KEYW in a research note on Friday. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. KEYW has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $9.20.

The company has a market capitalization of $445.73 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -20.91 and a beta of 0.77. The company has a current ratio of 1.72, a quick ratio of 1.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92.

KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th. The software maker reported ($0.04) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by ($0.03). KEYW had a negative return on equity of 2.56% and a negative net margin of 0.09%. The company had revenue of $126.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $125.51 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.08) earnings per share. KEYW’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts predict that KEYW Holding Corp. will post -0.17 EPS for the current year.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in KEYW by 2.4% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,270,859 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $28,325,000 after buying an additional 76,407 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its position in KEYW by 16.1% during the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 2,795,534 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $24,433,000 after buying an additional 388,458 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in KEYW by 46.2% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,943,155 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $16,983,000 after buying an additional 614,071 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP lifted its position in KEYW by 1.7% during the 2nd quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 1,701,493 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $14,871,000 after buying an additional 28,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Capital Management LLC lifted its position in KEYW by 38.2% during the 3rd quarter. SG Capital Management LLC now owns 1,050,166 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $9,094,000 after buying an additional 290,546 shares in the last quarter.

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KEYW Company Profile (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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