Robert Half International (RHI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News articles about Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Robert Half International earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 47.0826694143325 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Robert Half International (NYSE RHI) opened at $56.31 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $7,110.00, a P/E ratio of 22.00 and a beta of 1.33. Robert Half International has a one year low of $42.92 and a one year high of $57.67.

Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The business services provider reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.70 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $1.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.34 billion. Robert Half International had a net margin of 6.20% and a return on equity of 29.13%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.71 earnings per share. analysts predict that Robert Half International will post 2.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 24th were paid a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.70%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. Robert Half International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.50%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on RHI shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Robert Half International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Credit Suisse Group increased their price target on shares of Robert Half International from $40.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. SunTrust Banks downgraded shares of Robert Half International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Macquarie downgraded shares of Robert Half International from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and lowered their price target for the stock from $56.66 to $42.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, Nomura increased their price target on shares of Robert Half International from $53.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $53.70.

In related 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 shares were sold at an average price of $52.31, for a total value of $5,231,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 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 transaction of $274,650.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 321,428 shares in the company, 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.

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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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