Media coverage about Heidrick & Struggles International (NASDAQ:HSII) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heidrick & Struggles International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.24 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Heidrick & Struggles International (NASDAQ:HSII)

A number of research firms have weighed in on HSII. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Heidrick & Struggles International from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $25.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their target price on Heidrick & Struggles International from $25.00 to $27.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th.

Shares of Heidrick & Struggles International (NASDAQ HSII) traded up 0.23% during trading on Friday, hitting $21.75. The stock had a trading volume of 93,134 shares. The company has a market cap of $407.51 million, a PE ratio of 28.32 and a beta of 1.60. Heidrick & Struggles International has a 1-year low of $16.23 and a 1-year high of $27.10. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $21.83 and its 200 day moving average is $23.25.

Heidrick & Struggles International (NASDAQ:HSII) last posted its earnings results on Monday, April 24th. The business services provider reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $140 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $144.98 million. Heidrick & Struggles International had a return on equity of 8.26% and a net margin of 2.41%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.18 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Heidrick & Struggles International will post $1.06 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 5th were given a dividend of $0.13 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 3rd. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.39%. Heidrick & Struggles International’s payout ratio is 66.67%.

In other Heidrick & Struggles International news, Director John A. Fazio sold 1,000 shares of Heidrick & Struggles International stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.50, for a total transaction of $25,500.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 14,452 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $368,526. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 2.40% of the company’s stock.

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Heidrick & Struggles International Company Profile

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc is an advisory firm providing executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping services to businesses and business leaders around the world. Its segments include Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Culture Shaping. It operates its executive search services in three geographic regions: the Americas (which includes the countries in North and South America); Europe (which includes the continents of Europe and Africa), and Asia Pacific (which includes Asia and the region generally known as the Middle East).

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