Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Houlihan Lokey (HLI) Stock Price

News stories about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3659215468796 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on HLI. TheStreet upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Wednesday, June 14th. Bank of America Corporation cut Houlihan Lokey from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $36.00 to $38.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Houlihan Lokey from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 3rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Houlihan Lokey presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $39.40.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE HLI) opened at 35.49 on Friday. Houlihan Lokey has a one year low of $23.19 and a one year high of $39.68. The company has a market capitalization of $2.37 billion, a PE ratio of 18.40 and a beta of 0.31. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $36.33 and its 200-day moving average price is $34.03.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping 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 period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.35 EPS. Houlihan Lokey’s quarterly revenue was up 19.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Houlihan Lokey will post $2.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.25%. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio is currently 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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