From A Very Different Angle: Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (KTOS)

You should consider shares of Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the DAR shares, which traded at $23.81 at the close of the recent session, dropping -0.13%. On Tuesday, the company’s shares shed -$0.03 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now 8.82% higher in year-to-date (YTD) trading. DAR’s intraday high was $23.93 while its lowest price touched $23.52. The stock’s 52-week high price is $24.00, which means the current price is at -0.79%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume rose to 1022633 against 200-day average trading volume of 877,805 shares.

What are analyst forecasts for Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR)?

At a consensus rating of 5.00, DAR is trending as a streaking Strong Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 3 analysts called it a Strong Buy. Two months ago, 3 analysts recommended, on average, that DAR stock is a Strong Buy. The Industrial Goods company’s shares’ overall bearish trend saw it close higher on Tuesday compared to its opening price of $23.59 on the day.

Forecasts for Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 4.76% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $25.00, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $1.19. The price range target is between a low of $23.00 and a high of $31.00. The stock would need to gain by about $23.19 to hit the estimated high or 0.76% from its 12-month low.

The consensus among 8 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Overweight in the Darling Ingredients Inc. 5 analysts rate DAR as a Buy, with 0 of 8 analysts rate it as a Sell. 1 have valued the stock as Overweight and 2 have recommended that investors Hold.

Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE:DAR) Upgrades and Downgrades

In terms of rating changes, JP Morgan on November 19, 2018, Upgrade Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR) at Overweight. Analysts at Goldman have assigned a Neutral rating for the stock in their research note on March 01, 2018. Moreover, JP Morgan analysts issued a rating of Neutral for the stock on October 06, 2017. On March 23, 2017, the stock earned a Outperform rating due to an analyst call from Robert W. Baird, while analysts from Goldman on June 29, 2016 suggested that the stock is Buy.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) adds -$0.5 on Tuesday

The KTOS stock has risen 22.07% year-to-date and is currently trading at $17.20, which is -31.42% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -2.82% on the day and have risen nearly 39.72% off a low hit. At current levels, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. has a valuation of about $696.80M. As of 12/03/19, this stock has fallen -3.32% during the week and closed at $17.70 in the previous session. However, recent Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. stock performance shows that KTOS shares are -11.36% down over the last month, and -12.60% down for the last three months.

Earnings per share (EPS) estimates for the current quarter are $0.06, with the trailing 12-month share earnings at $0.12. The ratio is expected to be up by 41.70% for the current year 2019 and 38.20% for next year. Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 13.00%. But will the KTOS stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $0.09 actual EPS reported on 9/29/2019 surprised by 28.60% or was higher by $0.02 from the estimated $0.07.

Sales Growth to climb 15.80% for the year

How well will Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. perform as a business over the current quarter, year and next 5-year period? Compared to the year-ago quarter, analysts forecast the company to bring in between $193.6M and $200M in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $197.39M from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $726M and $732.4M and the consensus estimate for sales is at $729.77M. KTOS has its next quarter sales estimates at between $180M and $208.15M, with the quarter-over-quarter growth estimates at 19.50% and the annual growth forecast for the year at 15.80%.

Who owns shares in Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (KTOS)?

Let’s briefly focus on the share ownership of the Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) stock, where we find that 87.59% of shares are held by institutions. FMR, LLC tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 8.48 million shares or 7.98% of shares outstanding. Blackrock Inc. and Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) held 7.67 million and 6.91 million representing 7.21% and 6.50% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, State Street Corporation accounted for 5.45 million shares at over 101.3 million. This represented 5.13% of shares outstanding. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP held 3.77 million shares at over 70.06 million representing 3.55% of shares outstanding.

KTOS Insider Activity

Insider activity can also give a signal in terms of price direction. Looking at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (KTOS), a total of 1239159 shares have been sold by insiders over the last 6 months while 514926 shares were added in the same time span. On 8/08/2019, Director by the name Oak Investment Partners sold 250000.0 shares worth $4.8 million at the price of $19.26 per share. Filings also show that Carano Bandel L sold a total of 250000.0 shares on 8/07/2019 valued at $4.8 million. Since the last insider activity, the company’s share price has dropped -7.28%.