Keysight stock: buy or sell?

KEYS stock price: $93.20 -7.13% At close on August 23rd, 2019

Updated on:
August 23rd, 2019

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After boosting an amazing 11.17% yesterday, Keysight closed today at $93.20 and plunged a spooky -7.13%.

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

Should I buy Keysight stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Having a trading strategy helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Keysight stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Keysight Technologies stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 10 ratings published for KEYS stock in the last month.

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 boosting an amazing 11.17% yesterday, Keysight closed today at $93.20 and plunged a spooky -7.13%.

After reaching all time highs yesterday, Keysight plunged -7.13% to $93.20. Yesterday, KEYS hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $94.52 recorded on July. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed up on May, KEYS climbed $21.78 (30.50%). For the last 16 days when SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up, KEYS price gained $7.32 per share (8.52%).

KEYS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Keysight Technologies topped new all time highs back again this week, setting highs to $101.58. Shares closed at $93.20 and climbed 8.76% during the week.

Weekly chart tells us that price is in a simple uptrend, tested $82.41 level and now climbing back aiming its last top at $94.52. 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 $2.40 per share (2.64%).

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 234.10%, with a yearly average of 58.50%. If you had invested right after KEYS's IPO a $1,000 in Keysight stock in 2014, it would worth $2,341.00 today.

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Keysight stock historical price chart

KEYS stock reached all-time highs yesterday with a price of $101.58.

Keysight stock price target is $102.80

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we found 9 price forecasts for Keysight 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 forecast for Keysight Technologies stock is $102.80, moving in a range between $115.00 and $90.00. In average, analysts' outlook on KEYS price target is positive, increasing the prediction by a 27.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Keysight Technologies presented remarkable results for 2019-Q1 on February. Keysight Technologies jumped Earnings per Share (EPS) by 12.50%, beating experts consensus of $0.72. 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

In 2018, Keysight annual turnover climbed an outstanding 21.61% to $3,878.00 million dollars from $3,189.00 marked in 2017. Nonetheless, its profit margin (compared to revenues) raised to 4.25%, that is $165.00 million.

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 review Keysight Technologies business evolution since October 2018: Annual sales up to January, compared to lastest yearly report, inched a decent 4.36%. Regarding profit margin, Keysight Technologies stayed constant 0.32% to 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 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a -3.92% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $114.00 M with a profit margin of 11.33%. Profit margin skyrocketed 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 astounding growth and rocketed 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 invest in shares of a stock, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Keysight Technologies, 0.44% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Keysight:

KEYSBRKRFAROITRIMTSC
Market cap$17.5 B$6.6 B$877.8 M$2.7 B$1.1 B
Total shares188.2 M156.8 M17.3 M39.4 M18.0 M
Float shares187.4 M101.6 M17.1 M36.3 M17.8 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

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Open$97.48
Close$93.20
Day range$92.63 - $98.67
Previous close$100.35
Session gain-7.13%
Average true range$3.77
50d mov avg$88.54
100d mov avg$86.46
200d mov avg$78.77
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb01a

Keysight performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared Keysight Technologies against Bruker, FARO Technologies, Itron and MTS Systems in the following table:
Stock3m6m12m
KEYSKeysight Technolo...26.48%13.02%48.20%
BRKRBruker-0.02%12.01%20.43%
FAROFARO Technologies8.23%14.10%-24.68%
ITRIItron19.44%11.44%5.14%
MTSCMTS Systems7.43%10.63%16.38%

Keysight competitors

We picked a few stocks to conform a list of Keysight competitors to watch if you are interested in investing in KEYS:

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