CRA International (CRAI) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media coverage about CRA International (NASDAQ:CRAI) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. 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 daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 44.8717797804906 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

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Several analysts have recently issued reports on CRAI shares. ValuEngine raised CRA International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. BidaskClub raised CRA International from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded CRA International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, February 16th.

Shares of CRAI stock opened at $53.74 on Friday. CRA International has a twelve month low of $31.77 and a twelve month high of $55.42. The firm has a market cap of $453.77, a P/E ratio of 28.14 and a beta of 0.73.

CRA International (NASDAQ:CRAI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The business services provider reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.33. CRA International had a return on equity of 7.80% and a net margin of 2.06%. The business had revenue of $97.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $89.60 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.24 EPS. CRA International’s revenue for the quarter was up 21.9% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that CRA International will post 2.15 earnings per share for the current year.

CRA International announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program on Thursday, February 15th that allows the company to buyback $20.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 16th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 27th were given a dividend of $0.17 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, February 26th. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.27%. CRA International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 35.60%.

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CRA International Company Profile

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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