Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LDOS) saw a large growth in short interest during the month of January. As of January 12th, there was short interest totalling 3,124,058 shares, a growth of 51.2% from the December 29th total of 2,066,798 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 778,556 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 4.0 days. Approximately 2.1% of the shares of the company are sold short.

In other Leidos news, Director John P. Jumper sold 61,212 shares of Leidos stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.06, for a total value of $3,921,240.72. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 306,709 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,647,778.54. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd lifted its holdings in shares of Leidos by 73.3% in the 2nd quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd now owns 21,586 shares of the aerospace company’s stock valued at $1,116,000 after buying an additional 9,129 shares during the period. Bangor Savings Bank acquired a new position in Leidos during the second quarter worth $1,251,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its holdings in Leidos by 9.3% during the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 58,572 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $3,028,000 after purchasing an additional 4,990 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its holdings in Leidos by 2.0% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 42,937 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $2,219,000 after purchasing an additional 831 shares during the last quarter. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System raised its holdings in Leidos by 1.5% during the second quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 270,249 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $13,969,000 after purchasing an additional 4,052 shares during the last quarter. 73.49% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several brokerages have weighed in on LDOS. Citigroup lifted their target price on Leidos from $65.00 to $71.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. ValuEngine raised Leidos from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research cut Leidos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $68.00 price target on shares of Leidos in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub cut Leidos from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Leidos has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $69.33.

Shares of Leidos (NYSE LDOS) opened at $63.13 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92. The company has a market capitalization of $10,020.00, a P/E ratio of 33.76, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.61. Leidos has a 1-year low of $48.87 and a 1-year high of $68.25.

COPYRIGHT VIOLATION NOTICE: This story was first posted by Watch List News and is the property of of Watch List News. If you are accessing this story on another site, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of U.S. & international copyright & trademark law. The legal version of this story can be viewed at https://www.watchlistnews.com/leidos-holdings-inc-ldos-short-interest-update/1847086.html.

Leidos 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.

Receive News & Ratings for Leidos Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Leidos and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.