Houlihan Lokey (HLI) Given Daily Media Impact Rating of 0.20

News articles about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.004537149329 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Houlihan Lokey (HLI) traded down $0.19 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $45.87. 300,997 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 249,288. The company has a market cap of $3,020.95, a P/E ratio of 18.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 0.42. Houlihan Lokey has a 12-month low of $29.82 and a 12-month high of $52.81. The company has a quick ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The financial services provider reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $258.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $240.98 million. Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 17.25% and a return on equity of 20.03%. The company’s revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.57 EPS. equities analysts expect that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.74%. Houlihan Lokey’s payout ratio is 31.62%.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Bank of America lifted their price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, UBS Group raised their price objective on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $44.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Houlihan Lokey has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $47.50.

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Houlihan Lokey Company Profile

Houlihan Lokey, Inc is a global independent investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The Company operates through four segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, Financial Advisory Services and Strategic Consulting.

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