Leucadia National Corp. (NYSE:LUK) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors purchased 1,126 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,037% compared to the typical daily volume of 99 call options.

Leucadia National (LUK) opened at $26.39 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. Leucadia National has a twelve month low of $22.23 and a twelve month high of $27.33. The firm has a market cap of $9,416.30, a P/E ratio of 17.05, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.29.

Leucadia National (NYSE:LUK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The conglomerate reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.10. Leucadia National had a net margin of 5.48% and a return on equity of 5.83%. The firm had revenue of $2.90 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.66 billion. Leucadia National’s revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Leucadia National will post 1.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 12th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. Leucadia National’s payout ratio is 25.81%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of Leucadia National from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Leucadia National from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Leucadia National from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. NEXT Financial Group Inc purchased a new position in shares of Leucadia National during the third quarter valued at approximately $134,000. Savant Capital LLC purchased a new position in shares of Leucadia National during the second quarter valued at approximately $202,000. Eagle Global Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Leucadia National during the second quarter valued at approximately $219,000. Profund Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Leucadia National during the second quarter valued at approximately $239,000. Finally, Magnetar Financial LLC purchased a new position in shares of Leucadia National during the third quarter valued at approximately $237,000. 75.11% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Leucadia National

Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long-term value. The Company’s segments, based on requirements are Jefferies, National Beef, and Corporate and other. Jefferies is a global full-service, integrated securities and investment banking firm.

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