Media headlines about H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. H&R Block earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 44.5262816695798 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

HRB has been the topic of several research reports. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price objective on shares of H&R Block in a research report on Friday, October 13th. BTIG Research reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of H&R Block in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. BidaskClub cut shares of H&R Block from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of H&R Block from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. 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 issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.67.

Shares of H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) opened at 25.72 on Friday. H&R Block has a one year low of $19.85 and a one year high of $31.80. The company has a market cap of $5.38 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.57 and a beta of 0.55. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $25.96 and a 200-day moving average of $27.45.

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

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 2nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, September 13th were paid a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, September 12th. H&R Block’s dividend payout ratio is currently 49.48%.

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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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