H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. H&R Block earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 44.5127628785194 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) opened at 24.84 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $5.19 billion, a PE ratio of 13.10 and a beta of 0.55. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $26.31 and its 200-day moving average price is $27.43. H&R Block has a 52 week low of $19.85 and a 52 week high of $31.80.

H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 29th. The company reported ($0.62) EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.62). The business had revenue of $138.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $129.33 million. H&R Block had a negative return on equity of 101.42% and a net margin of 13.19%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 10.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.56) earnings per share. Analysts expect that H&R Block will post $1.97 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 2nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, September 13th were given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, September 12th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.86%. H&R Block’s payout ratio is 49.48%.

HRB has been the subject of several analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded H&R Block from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded H&R Block from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded H&R Block from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 price objective on shares of H&R Block in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of H&R Block in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $26.67.

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About H&R Block

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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