Robert Half International (RHI) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

Press coverage about Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Alpha One reports. The research group, a unit of Accern, ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Robert Half International earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 93 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on RHI. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective on shares of Robert Half International in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Robert Half International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th. Instinet reduced their target price on shares of Robert Half International from $55.00 to $53.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, January 27th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of Robert Half International in a research report on Friday, January 27th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $47.40.

Shares of Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) opened at 46.21 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.80 billion, a PE ratio of 17.43 and a beta of 1.18. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $46.49 and a 200 day moving average of $46.91. Robert Half International has a 1-year low of $34.34 and a 1-year high of $50.98.

Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.58 by $0.04. Robert Half International had a net margin of 6.54% and a return on equity of 31.97%. The company had revenue of $1.29 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.27 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.64 EPS. Robert Half International’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Robert Half International will post $2.67 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 25th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 23rd. Robert Half International’s dividend payout ratio is presently 32.96%.

In other news, insider Robert W. Glass sold 22,237 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.35, for a total transaction of $1,052,921.95. Following the sale, the insider now owns 326,428 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,456,365.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 3.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Robert Half International Company Profile

Robert Half International Inc provides specialized staffing and risk consulting services. The Company provides these services through its divisions, including Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting, OfficeTeam, Robert Half Technology, Robert Half Management Resources, Robert Half Legal, The Creative Group and Protiviti.

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