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Leidos Holdings, Inc (LDOS) is a leading information technology services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$107 after a previous close of US$106.7. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD106.31 to a high of USD107.61. The latest price was USD107.16 (25 minute delay). Leidos is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Leidos

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Leidos. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: LDOS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Leidos reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$104.27, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Leidos, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Leidos. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Leidos share price

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Leidos shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-15.
Previous closeUS$106.7
Change US$0.46
Change % 0.4311%
Volume 476,517
Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$78.6113 - US$113.3413
50-day moving average US$102.8243
200-day moving average US$101.9487
Target priceUS$117.91
PE ratio 21.4217
Dividend yield US$1.36 (1.3%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$4.98

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Is it a good time to buy Leidos stock?

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Leidos price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $107.16

1 week (2021-06-08) 2.14%
1 month (2021-05-14) 3.66%
3 months (2021-03-16) 13.22%
6 months (2020-12-16) 1.97%
1 year (2020-06-16) 6.85%
2 years (2019-06-14) 35.92%
3 years (2018-06-15) 78.07%
5 years (2016-06-16) 126.84%

Is Leidos under- or over-valued?

Valuing Leidos stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Leidos's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Leidos's P/E ratio

Leidos's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Leidos shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Leidos's PEG ratio

Leidos's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.34. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Leidos's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Leidos's EBITDA

Leidos's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Leidos's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Leidos financials

Revenue TTM US$12.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 9%
Gross profit TTM US$1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.06%
Return on equity TTM 19.59%
Profit margin 5.64%
Book value 27.894
Market capitalisation US$15.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Leidos shares

There are currently 1.6 million Leidos shares held short by investors – that's known as Leidos's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 1.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Leidos shares can be evaluated.

Leidos's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Leidos's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Leidos shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Leidos shares traded daily (recently around 689224.3697479). Leidos's SIR currently stands at 2.38. In other words for every 100,000 Leidos shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2380 shares are currently held short.

However Leidos's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Leidos shares, or, against the total number of tradable Leidos shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Leidos's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Leidos shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.013% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Leidos shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Leidos.

Find out more about how you can short Leidos stock.

Leidos's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Leidos.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Leidos's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.77

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Leidos's overall score of 18.77 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Leidos is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Leidos's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.71/100

Leidos's environmental score of 2.71 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Leidos's social score

Social score: 11.75/100

Leidos's social score of 11.75 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Leidos's governance score

Governance score: 7.82/100

Leidos's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Leidos is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Leidos's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Leidos scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Leidos has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Leidos Holdings, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 18.77
Total ESG percentile 21.52
Environmental score 2.71
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.75
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 7.82
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 1

Leidos share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.32% of net profits

Recently Leidos has paid out, on average, around 21.32% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.3% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Leidos shareholders could enjoy a 1.3% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Leidos's case, that would currently equate to about $1.36 per share.

While Leidos's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Leidos is investing more in its future growth.

Leidos's most recent dividend payout was on 29 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Leidos's shares ever split?

Leidos's shares were split on a 405:1000 basis on 29 September 2013. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 405 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Leidos shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 146.9% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Leidos shares which in turn could have impacted Leidos's share price.

Leidos share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Leidos's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$78.6113 up to US$113.3413. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LDOS.US volatility(beta: 0.94)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Leidos's is 0.9353. This would suggest that Leidos's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Leidos overview

Leidos Holdings, Inc. provides services and solutions in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Defense Solutions, Civil, and Health. The Defense Solutions segment offers national security solutions and systems for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace for the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, military services, and government agencies of U.S. allies abroad, as well as other federal and commercial customers in the national security industry. Its solutions include technology, large-scale systems, command and control platforms, data analytics, logistics, and cybersecurity solutions, as well as intelligence analysis and operations support services to critical missions. The Civil segment provides systems integration services to air navigation service providers, including the federal aviation administration, the En route automation modernization, advanced technology oceanic procedure, time based flow management, terminal flight data management, geo-7, and future flight services, as well as enterprise-information display systems; and security detection and automation services. It also offers information technology (IT) solutions in cloud computing, mobility, application modernization, DevOps, data center, network modernization, asset management, help desk operations, and digital workplace enablement; and environment, energy, and infrastructure services. The Health segment offers solutions to federal and commercial customers responsible for health and well-being of people worldwide, including health information management, managed health, digital transformation, and life sciences research and development services. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

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