Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH) Employee Arrested on Possible Theft of Classified Source Codes

Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) were lower on Wednesday after the New York Times reported that another employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has been arrested for a possible “theft of secrets.” The employee has been identified as Harold T. Martin III of Maryland.

Martin allegedly stole and disclosed highly classified computer “source codes” designed to hack into the networks of foreign accounts such as Russia and China.

This is the second time that an employee of the company has obtained classified information. In 2013, Edward Snowden disclosed the use of global surveillance programs by the NSA with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. Snowden was subsequently charged with treason before fleeing to Russia.

Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH) are trading -2.63% at the time of writing and in the range of $30.63 – 31.76 for the current session.

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On a consensus level, sell-side research analysts have a consensus price target of $33.75 on the stock. This is the average of the individual targets from the covering analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call. Analysts are projecting that the company will report earnings per share of $0.00 for next quarter. For the current year, research firms are anticipating earnings of $1.73 per share.

Technical Look

On a technical level, the stock has a 50-Day Moving Average of 30.60 based on a recent trade, putting the equity at +0.24% away from that average. In comparing the stock’s current level to its extended history, the stock is trading -3.98% away from its 52-week high of 31.94 and +22.53% away from the stock’s low point over the past 52 weeks, which was $25.03.

The price to earnings ratio, or the valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its per-share earnings sits at 15.62. This is an important indicator as a higher ratio typically suggests that investors are expecting higher future earnings growth compared to companies in the same industry with lower price to earnings ratios. When calculating in the EPS estimates for the current year from sell-side analysts, the Price to current year EPS stands at N/A. Investors looking further ahead will note that the price to next year’s EPS is $N/A.

Today the stock opened the current trading session at $31.69 and at the time of writing the last bid was at $N/A In the current session the stock reached as high as $31.76 and dipped down to $30.63.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Cor, an NYQ listed company, has a current market cap of $4.56B and on average over the past 3 months has seen 740026 shares trade hands on a daily basis.

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