Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) Given Daily News Impact Score of 0.16

Media headlines about Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Keysight earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.2054778373299 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Shares of NYSE:KEYS traded up $0.71 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $54.51. 734,189 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 867,030. The company has a current ratio of 2.57, a quick ratio of 1.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,239.10, a PE ratio of 24.52 and a beta of 1.00. Keysight has a 1-year low of $35.52 and a 1-year high of $55.21.



Keysight (NYSE:KEYS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $837.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $805.96 million. Keysight had a return on equity of 18.19% and a net margin of 2.64%. Keysight’s quarterly revenue was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.57 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Keysight will post 2.7 EPS for the current year.

Keysight announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback plan on Tuesday, March 6th that authorizes the company to repurchase $350.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the scientific and technical instruments company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price objective on shares of Keysight in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barclays lifted their price target on Keysight from $53.00 to $56.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $60.00 price target (up from $52.00) on shares of Keysight in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Keysight in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised Keysight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.50.

In other Keysight news, CFO Neil Dougherty sold 6,671 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.13, for a total value of $341,088.23. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 90,195 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,611,670.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Ingrid A. Estrada sold 43,134 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.78, for a total value of $2,276,612.52. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 74,213 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,916,962.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 116,049 shares of company stock worth $6,107,829. 0.97% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Keysight

Keysight Technologies, Inc provides electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries internationally. Its Communications Solutions Group segment provides radio frequency and microwave test instruments and related software, and electronic design automation (EDA) software tools; oscilloscopes, logic and serial protocol analyzers, logic-signal sources, arbitrary waveform generators, and bit error rate testers; optical modulation analyzers, component analyzers, power meters, and laser source products, as well as optical amplifier, filter, and other passive component solutions; and related software solutions.

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