Keysight stock: buy or sell?

KEYS stock price: $108.13 0.71% At close on November 19th, 2019

Updated on:
November 19th, 2019

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After yesterday all time highs, Keysight Technologies grew considerably to $108.13.

Keysight Technologies, Inc. provides electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries internationally.

Should I buy Keysight stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Keysight Technologies stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Keysight stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we detected 10 ratings published for KEYS stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for KEYS stock, with 8 positive ratings.
Is KEYS a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-8-22Robert W. BairdNeutralOutperform
2019-8-22Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-8-22Credit Suisse Groupn/aOutperform
2019-5-30Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-4-1Stifel Nicolausn/aBuy
2019-3-1Dougherty & Con/aSell
2019-2-26Jefferies Financial Groupn/aBuy
2019-2-22Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-2-22Credit Suisse Groupn/aOutperform
2019-2-22Citigroupn/aTop Pick

Keysight stock analysis

Daily outlook

After several days of continuous hikes in past weeks, Keysight Technologies grew 0.71% to $108.13.

After yesterday all time highs, Keysight Technologies grew considerably to $108.13. From a daily perspective, KEYS is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($101.80, on November 6th) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($110.00, yesterday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top KEYS might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $110.00 or down under $101.80. On August KEYS price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. Since SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up on August, KEYS price climbed $22.25 per share (25.91%). Yesterday, KEYS hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $109.13 recorded on Friday. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

KEYS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Despite of closing lower ($108.13, -0.87%), Keysight Technologies peaked new all time high at $110.00. After 4 weeks soaring, this week declined a -0.90%.

KEYS shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom early October, KEYS climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. Late December 2018 KEYS price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Since SMA10d and SMA20w crossed up late July, KEYS price climbed $17.33 per share (19.09%).

KEYS stock chart (weekly)

Keysight stock price history

Keysight stock went public on October 20th, 2014 with a price of $27.901. Since then, KEYS stock grew a 287.60%, with a yearly average of 57.50%. If you had invested $1,000 in Keysight stock in 2014, it would worth $2,876.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Keysight stock historical price chart

KEYS stock reached all-time highs yesterday with a price of $110.00.

Keysight stock price target is $102.80

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we found 9 price forecasts for KEYS stock:
KEYS stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-22Robert W. BairdUpgrades$82.00$100.0022%
2019-8-22Deutsche BankReiterates$110.00$115.004.5%
2019-8-22Credit Suisse GroupReiterates$90.00$110.0022.2%
2019-5-30Deutsche BankLowers Target$120.00$110.00-8.3%
2019-4-1Stifel NicolausReiterates$87.00$100.0014.9%
2019-2-26Jefferies Financial GroupReiterates$4.00$100.002400%
2019-2-22Deutsche BankRaises Targetn/a$100.00-
2019-2-22Credit Suisse GroupRaises Target$75.00$90.0020%
2019-2-22CitigroupUpgradesn/a$100.00-
(in average)$81.10$102.8027.0%
The price prediction for Keysight stock is $102.80, moving in a range between $115.00 and $90.00. In average, analysts' outlook on KEYS price forecast is positive, upgrading the forecast by a 27.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, Keysight reported its latest financial data, posting a very good climb for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Analyst were expecting $0.72 per share, but Keysight Technologies posted $0.81.
KEYS earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/an/an/a
2017-Q3-n/an/an/a
2017-Q42017-12-060.640.7110.9%
2018-Q12018-03-010.320.4437.5%
2018-Q22018-05-300.760.771.3%
2018-Q32018-08-210.730.8313.7%
2018-Q42018-11-200.840.9614.3%
2019-Q12019-02-210.720.8112.5%
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw an amazing increase of 21.61% to $3,878.00 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, on the other hand, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) gained a 1.06% to 4.25%.

To have an up to date picture of the financial situation of Keysight Technologies, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Keysight Technologies TTM sales up to January 2019 were $4,047.00 and income was $185.00 million dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Keysight Technologies business evolution since October 2018: Annual revenues up to January, compared to lastest yearly report, raised a beatiful 4.36%. By contrast, profit margin (net income/revenues) remained stable at 4.25%.

KEYS annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,890 M-$457 M15.8%-
2014$2,930 M1.38%$392 M13.4%-14.22%
2014$2,933 M0.10%$392 M13.4%0.00%
2015$2,860 M-2.49%$513 M17.9%30.87%
2015$2,856 M-0.14%$513 M18.0%0.00%
2016$2,920 M2.24%$335 M11.5%-34.70%
2016$2,918 M-0.07%$335 M11.5%0.00%
2017$3,190 M9.32%$102 M3.2%-69.55%
2017$3,189 M-0.03%$102 M3.2%0.00%
2018$3,878 M21.61%$165 M4.3%61.76%
TTM $4,047 M4.36%$185 M4.6%12.12%

Quarterly financial results

Keysight Technologies posted $1,006.00 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -3.92% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $114.00 million with a profit margin of 11.33%. Profit margin rocketed a 22.22% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was -10.89%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Keysight sales marked an outstanding growth and boosted a 20.19%.
KEYS quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$753 M-$49 M6.5%-
2017-Q3$832 M10.49%$-18 M-2.2%-136.73%
2017-Q4$878 M5.53%$-38 M-4.3%111.11%
2018-Q1$837 M-4.67%$94 M11.2%-347.37%
2018-Q2$990 M18.28%$64 M6.5%-31.91%
2018-Q3$1,004 M1.41%$121 M12.1%89.06%
2018-Q4$1,047 M4.28%$-114 M-10.9%-194.21%
2019-Q1$1,006 M-3.92%$114 M11.3%-200.00%

Keysight ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Keysight Technologies shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.44% of all shares.

Bearish positions for KEYS stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

KEYSBRKRFAROITRIMTSC
Market cap$20.3 B$7.7 B$844.8 M$3.0 B$1.2 B
Total shares187.6 M154.0 M17.4 M39.6 M19.3 M
Float shares186.9 M101.0 M17.2 M37.0 M19.2 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)91.2%68.7%102.5%101.8%99.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.4%34.4%2.0%1.0%1.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Keysight summary

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Open$107.51
Close$108.13
Day range$106.57 - $108.47
Previous close$107.37
Session gain0.71%
Average true range$2.13
50d mov avg$100.44
100d mov avg$95.63
200d mov avg$89.97
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lb03c

Keysight performance

To better understand Keysight performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. For Keysight Technologies, the comparison is made against Bruker, FARO Technologies, Itron and MTS Systems.
Stock3m6m12m
KEYSKeysight Technolo...16.04%46.74%91.11%
BRKRBruker20.91%19.11%58.13%
FAROFARO Technologies-0.59%3.74%7.32%
ITRIItron12.43%31.53%46.81%
MTSCMTS Systems5.90%9.06%28.83%

Keysight competitors

One check before investing in any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for Keysight. We picked 4 companies as Keysight competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.

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