Media headlines about L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. L-3 Communications earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the aerospace company an impact score of 45.8194511875496 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of research firms have issued reports on LLL. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $190.00 price objective on shares of L-3 Communications in a report on Monday, August 14th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on L-3 Communications from $195.00 to $205.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine downgraded L-3 Communications from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of L-3 Communications in a report on Sunday, October 8th. Finally, Bank of America increased their price objective on L-3 Communications from $185.00 to $205.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. L-3 Communications presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $193.20.

Shares of L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) traded down $0.41 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $194.64. The stock had a trading volume of 770,198 shares, compared to its average volume of 553,100. L-3 Communications has a 1 year low of $143.54 and a 1 year high of $199.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.80 and a quick ratio of 1.62. The company has a market capitalization of $15,076.75, a P/E ratio of 22.38, a PEG ratio of 3.84 and a beta of 1.19.

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The aerospace company reported $1.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.93 by $0.03. L-3 Communications had a return on equity of 14.00% and a net margin of 5.22%. The firm had revenue of $2.65 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.68 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.88 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that L-3 Communications will post 8.92 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.54%. L-3 Communications’s payout ratio is presently 41.27%.

In other news, insider Michael T. Strianese sold 22,547 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $185.87, for a total transaction of $4,190,810.89. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders have sold 67,639 shares of company stock valued at $12,818,253 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 2.90% of the company’s stock.

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About L-3 Communications

L3 Technologies, Inc, formerly L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc, is a prime contractor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, aircraft sustainment, simulation and training, night vision and image intensification equipment and security and detection systems. The Company provides a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms.

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