The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) was up 0% during trading on Wednesday following insider buying activity. The stock traded as high as $5.39 and last traded at $5.25. Approximately 1,011,224 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 156% from the average daily volume of 395,232 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.25.

Specifically, Director Caroline S. Pisano purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $5.19 per share, for a total transaction of $51,900.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 69,346 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $359,905.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Michael J. Alber purchased 19,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were bought at an average price of $5.36 per share, for a total transaction of $101,840.00. Following the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 19,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $101,840. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have acquired a total of 38,900 shares of company stock worth $203,735 in the last 90 days. 4.62% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several research firms have recently commented on KEYW. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of The KEYW Holding Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. Maxim Group set a $13.00 price objective on shares of The KEYW Holding Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of The KEYW Holding Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Noble Financial reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of The KEYW Holding Corporation in a report on Friday, August 11th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of The KEYW Holding Corporation in a report on Friday, October 20th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The KEYW Holding Corporation has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.25.

The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.21 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.87.

The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The software maker reported ($0.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.02. The KEYW Holding Corporation had a negative net margin of 7.28% and a negative return on equity of 2.31%. The firm had revenue of $124.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $120.06 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.01) earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 69.3% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that The KEYW Holding Corporation will post -0.36 EPS for the current year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC boosted its holdings in The KEYW Holding Corporation by 15.5% during the third quarter. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC now owns 2,444,979 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $18,606,000 after buying an additional 328,821 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in The KEYW Holding Corporation by 3.8% during the third quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,861,230 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $14,164,000 after buying an additional 68,307 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. raised its position in The KEYW Holding Corporation by 47.0% during the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 468,439 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $3,564,000 after acquiring an additional 149,680 shares during the period. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. raised its position in The KEYW Holding Corporation by 30.7% during the third quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. now owns 76,886 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $585,000 after acquiring an additional 18,058 shares during the period. Finally, Boston Partners raised its position in The KEYW Holding Corporation by 45.8% during the third quarter. Boston Partners now owns 1,072,744 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $8,164,000 after acquiring an additional 336,990 shares during the period. 95.55% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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The KEYW Holding Corporation Company Profile

The KeyW Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of engineering and technology solutions to support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the full spectrum of the Intelligence, cyber and counterterrorism communities missions. It operates through Government Solutions segment.

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