On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (ETR: DBKGn ) maintained its 'Hold' rating on Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT ), forecasting a potential 25.49% increase in the defense contractor's stock despite a projected revenue drop of 1.47%. The bank's endorsement comes amid an anticipated non-GAAP EPS of 27.30 for Lockheed Martin. This aligns with InvestingPro's data which shows a basic EPS (Cont. Ops) of 27.47 USD for LMT in Q2 2023.
The company's institutional ownership has seen a minor dip, yet major stakeholders Vanguard and Capital World Investors continue to hold significant stakes in the firm. This sustained trust among institutional investors underpins the robust financial health of the company. Adding to this, InvestingPro highlights that Lockheed Martin has maintained dividend payments for 40 consecutive years and has been aggressively buying back shares. This suggests that the management is confident in the company's future prospects.
Further bolstering optimism around LMT, the put/call ratio stands at 0.78, signaling a bullish outlook for the defense giant. This ratio is often used as an indicator of investor sentiment, with a number below 1 typically suggesting a positive market sentiment towards the stock. This is further supported by InvestingPro's data which shows a 1 Year Price Total Return of 4.86% for LMT.
Lockheed Martin's global operations and investment data were also detailed in the report, providing further context to Deutsche Bank's rating and forecast for the company. The bank's endorsement underscores the strength and resilience of Lockheed Martin's business model, even in the face of minor revenue setbacks. Indeed, Lockheed Martin's revenue growth has been accelerating, with a 5.03% increase in LTM2023.Q2 according to InvestingPro's real-time metrics.
For more insights like these, investors can turn to InvestingPro Tips, which provides a wealth of additional tips – 16 for LMT alone – to help investors make informed decisions. This includes tips on companies' financial health, potential risks, and opportunities for growth.
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