Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Saturday morning. Zacks Investment Research currently has $9.00 target price on the software maker’s stock.

According to Zacks, “KEYW Corporation with its subsidiaries is engaged in providing mission-critical cyber security and cyber superiority solutions to defense, intelligence and national security agencies. Its solutions, services and products support the collection, processing, analysis, and use of intelligence data and information in the domain of cyberspace. The Company provides a full range of engineering services as well as fully integrated platforms that support the entire intelligence process. Its platform includes products that it manufactures, as well as hardware and software that the Company integrates using its engineering services. Its current customers include the National Security Agency (NSA), other intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense (including major agencies and branches within the Department of Defense) and other federal defense and law enforcement agencies. KEYW Corporation is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland. “

A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Noble Financial reissued a buy rating and set a $10.50 price objective on shares of KEYW in a research report on Monday, January 28th. BidaskClub downgraded KEYW from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, December 27th. TheStreet raised KEYW from a d+ rating to a c rating in a research report on Monday, November 26th. ValuEngine downgraded KEYW from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, December 21st. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reissued a neutral rating on shares of KEYW in a research report on Tuesday, March 12th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $9.38.

Shares of NASDAQ:KEYW opened at $7.61 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 1.72 and a quick ratio of 1.42. The stock has a market cap of $380.29 million, a P/E ratio of -42.28 and a beta of 1.28. KEYW has a 12-month low of $6.12 and a 12-month high of $10.06.

KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 12th. The software maker reported ($0.02) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.01 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $126.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $128.10 million. KEYW had a negative return on equity of 2.92% and a negative net margin of 4.34%. KEYW’s revenue for the quarter was down .5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that KEYW will post 0.12 EPS for the current year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Gotham Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in KEYW in the 4th quarter valued at about $96,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY grew its position in KEYW by 391.3% in the 4th quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 16,179 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $108,000 after acquiring an additional 12,886 shares in the last quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH acquired a new position in KEYW in the 3rd quarter valued at about $181,000. Paloma Partners Management Co acquired a new position in KEYW in the 4th quarter valued at about $142,000. Finally, Raymond James & Associates acquired a new position in KEYW in the 4th quarter valued at about $230,000.

KEYW Company Profile

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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