News stories about CRA International (NASDAQ:CRAI) have trended positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CRA International earned a news sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.9261419784802 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on CRAI. ValuEngine cut shares of CRA International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of CRA International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of CRA International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th.

Shares of CRA International (CRAI) opened at $51.53 on Wednesday. CRA International has a one year low of $31.77 and a one year high of $53.00. The company has a market cap of $424.54, a P/E ratio of 26.40 and a beta of 0.76.

CRA International (NASDAQ:CRAI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37 by $0.33. CRA International had a net margin of 2.06% and a return on equity of 7.77%. The company had revenue of $97.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $89.60 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.24 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 21.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that CRA International will post 2.15 earnings per share for the current year.

CRA International announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, February 15th that permits the company to buyback $20.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the business services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.17 per share. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.32%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 26th. CRA International’s payout ratio is 78.16%.

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About CRA International

CRA International, Inc is a global consulting firm. The Company provides economic, financial and management consulting services. The Company consulting services in two areas: litigation, regulatory, and financial consulting and management consulting. The Company provides services, such as economic capability, analyses and testimony in areas, such as Antitrust & Competition; Damages & Valuation; Financial Accounting & Valuation; Financial Economics; Forensic & Cyber Investigations; Insurance Economics; Intellectual Property; International Arbitration; Labor & Employment; Mergers & Acquisitions; Regulatory Economics & Compliance; Securities & Financial Markets, and Transfer Pricing.

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