Applied Signal M&A Hope Drives Shares (APSG)

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October 22nd, 2010

Applied Signal Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: APSG) is seeing a price jump and a volume surge after Reuters reported that the company is out shopping itself to defense contractors.  The provider of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions has long been a winner in the world of intelligence.  While shares have more than doubled since the lows of 2008, the stock has generally been range-bound for years despite a new 52-week high being seen today.

Shares are up 6.4% at $29.53 on 379,000 shares as of 10:12 AM EST.  Average volume is only about 92,000 shares and the market cap is just shy of $400 million.

When the biometric and surveillance companies were rapidly consolidating in the post-terrorism world, Applied Signal is a name that often came up as a possible buyout target in many screens.  Whether it happens now is up to the buyers and to the company itself.

UPDATE 4:24 PM EST: Applied Signal confirmed that it is exploring strategic alternatives.  Shares closed up 12.98% at $31.33 and shares are up in after-hours by 5.75% at $33.13.  Today’s new 52-week high was $31.65 during trading hours.


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