Media stories about Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Robert Half International earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 47.4176623886651 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
- Half of managers predict bonus levels to increase this year (centralvalleybusinesstimes.com)
- Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $1.31 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
- IT workers can expect a 6.8% raise next year (sg.finance.yahoo.com)
- $0.63 Earnings Per Share Expected for Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
RHI has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Robert Half International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Robert W. Baird raised their price target on Robert Half International from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. SunTrust Banks downgraded Robert Half International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Credit Suisse Group raised their price target on Robert Half International from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on Robert Half International from $49.00 to $53.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $50.78.
Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The business services provider reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by ($0.02). Robert Half International had a net margin of 6.20% and a return on equity of 29.13%. The business had revenue of $1.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.34 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.71 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Robert Half International will post 2.58 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th were given a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.74%. Robert Half International’s payout ratio is 37.65%.
In other news, CEO Harold M. Messmer, Jr. sold 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.31, for a total value of $5,231,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Robert W. Glass sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.93, for a total value of $274,650.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 321,428 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $17,656,040.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 3.40% of the company’s stock.
About Robert Half International
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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