H&R Block (HRB) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows
News stories about H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. H&R Block earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 45.938259212708 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- The sentiment expressed by investors: H&R Block, Inc. (HRB), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- Zacks Investment Research Lowers H&R Block (HRB) to Sell (americanbankingnews.com)
- Research Analysts Set Expectations for H&R Block, Inc.’s FY2018 Earnings (HRB) (americanbankingnews.com)
- FY2018 EPS Estimates for H&R Block, Inc. (HRB) Reduced by Analyst (americanbankingnews.com)
- H&R Block Announces Refund Advance of Up to $3000 – GlobeNewswire (press release) (globenewswire.com)
Several research firms have recently commented on HRB. BidaskClub upgraded H&R Block from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. ValuEngine cut H&R Block from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of H&R Block in a research note on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research cut H&R Block from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $31.00 target price on shares of H&R Block in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. H&R Block currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.60.
H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) traded down $0.17 during trading on Friday, hitting $27.22. The stock had a trading volume of 4,793,025 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,250,453. The stock has a market cap of $5,690.86, a PE ratio of 14.03, a P/E/G ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.62, a quick ratio of 1.48 and a current ratio of 1.13. H&R Block has a 12 month low of $19.85 and a 12 month high of $31.80.
H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, December 6th. The company reported ($0.71) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.72) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $140.85 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $131.24 million. H&R Block had a negative return on equity of 110.06% and a net margin of 12.90%. The business’s revenue was up 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted ($0.67) EPS. equities analysts forecast that H&R Block will post 1.95 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, December 4th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 1st. H&R Block’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 51.06%.
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H&R Block Company Profile
H&R Block, Inc (H&R Block), through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation and other services. The Company provides assisted income tax return preparation, digital do-it-yourself (DIY) tax solutions and other services and products related to income tax return preparation to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia and their respective territories.
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