News articles about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.004537149329 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 12th. Bank of America lifted their price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, UBS Group lifted their price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $44.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $47.50.

Shares of Houlihan Lokey (HLI) traded down $0.19 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $45.87. 300,997 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 249,288. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a current ratio of 0.77. The company has a market cap of $3,020.95, a P/E ratio of 18.13, a P/E/G ratio of 1.10 and a beta of 0.42. Houlihan Lokey has a one year low of $29.82 and a one year high of $52.81.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.74%. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 31.62%.

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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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