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KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW) shares rose 8.2% during trading on Thursday following insider buying activity, AnalystRatings.Net reports. The stock traded as high as $10.86 and last traded at $10.81, with a volume of 449,119 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $9.99.

Specifically, CEO Leonard E. Moodispaw bought 15,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 4th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $10.01 per share, with a total value of $150,150.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Drexel Hamilton initiated coverage on shares of KEYW Holding Corp. in a research note on Thursday, May 29th. They set a “buy” rating and a $15.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Chardan Capital upgraded shares of KEYW Holding Corp. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 19th. They now have a $14.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of KEYW Holding Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 6th. They now have a $10.90 price target on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. KEYW Holding Corp. presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $18.99.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $11.71 and its 200-day moving average is $15.15. The company’s market cap is $395.1 million. KEYW Holding Corp. also saw a significant increase in short interest in May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 10,478,062 shares, an increase of 32.3% from the April 30th total of 7,917,971 shares. Approximately 34.5% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 936,096 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 11.2 days.

KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 1st. The company reported ($0.08) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.02. The company had revenue of $63.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $65.08 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.06) earnings per share. KEYW Holding Corp.’s revenue was down 18.1% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that KEYW Holding Corp. will post $-0.02 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) is a holding company.

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