Stock Chatter: A Look into H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) Shares

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 2.6. This number is based on the 5 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 108.   

Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $28.67 within the year.  The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. 

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H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) closed the last session at $24.07 and sees an average of 3429587.5 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $23.11 while the current level stands at 15.51% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved -0.54% over the past 12 weeks and -5.12% year to date.

Research analysts are predicting that H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) will report earnings of $-0.58 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

Most recently H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) posted quarterly earnings of $-0.72 which compared to the sell-side estimates of -0.91. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $2.19. Shares have moved $-3.53 over the past month and more recently, $-1.35 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 5 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

1 analysts rate H&R Block, Inc. a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 20% of all the analyst ratings.

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This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell the stock.

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