News coverage about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.5480296123832 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several equities analysts have issued reports on HLI shares. Bank of America Corporation cut shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their price target for the company from $36.00 to $38.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 19th. BidaskClub cut shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, UBS AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $42.00 price target (up from $40.00) on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $39.40.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE HLI) opened at 35.69 on Thursday. Houlihan Lokey has a 12 month low of $23.19 and a 12 month high of $39.68. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a PE ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.31. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $36.34 and a 200 day moving average of $34.12.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.06. Houlihan Lokey had a return on equity of 18.63% and a net margin of 14.10%. The company had revenue of $217 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $203.21 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.35 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 19.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Houlihan Lokey will post $2.05 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.24%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 41.67%.

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About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, Inc is a global independent investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financings, financial restructurings and financial advisory services. The Company operates through three segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring and Financial Advisory Services. The Company serves a set of clients across the world, including corporations, financial sponsors and government agencies.

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