Robert Half International

  • Staffing and Outsourcing Companies Are Gaining Momentum

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, PAYX, RHI

    Staffing and outsourcing companies are like catalysts, aiding companies in this transitional phase of the economy. As companies come out of recession, they look to staffing companies for hiring new talent. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, the U.S. staffing industry revenue is estimated to reach $160 billion by 2018 from $128.6 billion in 2012.

    Outsourcing companies are always in demand because they optimize revenue for clients with the more »

  • Staffing Stocks Have Defied Jobs Numbers...What's Next?

    By Adem Tahiri - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: KFY, MAN, RHI

    Since 2009 staffing and employment service stocks have been on a surprising march upward, as nearly every company has performed amazingly. With high unemployment, this performance has surprised some; but as I've written previously, temporary staffing can actually do better during periods of high unemployment.

    Up until this point, racking up winners in staffing has been like shooting fish in a barrel. So how can one pick winners from more »

  • 3 Mid-Cap Stocks Set to Smash Earnings Estimates

    By Jessica McCann - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CBS, DHI, MDC, RHI, SLE, RYL

    Few surprises are as ugly for investors as an earnings miss.

    One of the reasons why is the flexibility of GAAP accounting itself: while there's no such thing as a free lunch, company CFOs have considerable latitude in how earnings are presented, as well what charges to take and when.

    Even trivial misses, so the thinking goes, may indicate that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and more »

  • A Look at Staffing Services in a Recuperating Employment Market

    By Damian Illia - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, MWW, RHI

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect Monster's business model.

    The Internet has changed almost everything, including how we watch movies to how we choose a restaurant. Job searching and head-hunting have been no exception. Nowadays, the Internet is the most practical way to look for a job or an employee, though other channels do remain strong.

    ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) and, although more »

  • Temporary Problems for Temporary Staffing

    By Nathaniel Matherson - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, ASGN, RHI, TBI

    Earlier this week President Obama and his administration shook the wires with the announcement that they will not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, a full year later than initially planned. The administration choose to succumb to rising questioning and backlash from the business community whom have long stated the ramifications of this legislation. If enacted the legislation would have forced employers of more than more »

  • Which Companies to Buy Given Improvements in Employment Stats

    By Zain Abbas - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, RECN, RHI

    One of the reasons that the Fed gave for a potential tapering in quantitative easing (QE) was improving employment stats that indicated that the economy might be heading toward a rebound after the recession of 2009. Statistics from the US Bureau of Labor also suggested the same. Every positive movement is closely scrutinized by investors to benefit from any resultant positive movement in the equity markets.

    Improving labor stats surely more »

  • Robert Half International - Behind the Numbers

    By Anthony Parsons - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, PAYX, RHI

    Today I would like to take a look at Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) and provide some insight into the company's numbers.

    Robert Half provides staffing and risk consulting services in five continents throughout the world. Adding in the company's 1.8% current dividend yield, the performance has roughly matched that of the S&P 500 for the previous 52 weeks.

    In its most recent 10-Q statement for more »

  • Will These Underperformers Become Outperformers?

    By Zain Abbas - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: EQIX, IRM, RHI

    The Business & Professional Services space has lately outperformed the market as a whole with more than 20% upside since the start of the year as compared to the S&P 500 being up 15%. However, Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI), with only 6% upside to its name, has been a disappointment for its investors.

    What went wrong with the company? Should that mean a bearish outlook on this staff provider more »

  • Should We Expect Another Rally in This Space?

    By Zain Abbas - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: CEB, ECL, RHI

    Given the sharp upward move by the market in 2013, it would be a good time to provide an updated assessment of where the analysts see the most value within the business and professional services coverage.

    Overall, every company in the business services sector has grown in terms of market cap for the year. However, does that mean that there is no more room for capital appreciation? Which is the more »

  • Three Reasons to Expect Tech to Outperform

    By Lee Samaha - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: FFIV, ASGN, RHI

    It has been a somewhat perplexing reporting season for many companies in cyclical industries. I’ve detected a recurring trend with a number of technology and industrial companies. Simply put, Q4 of last year ended quite strongly, and encouraged a sense of optimism that many companies haven't lived up to in 2013. The result is that many warned and lowered guidance.

    Is now the time to take advantage of more »

  • Why You Should Stop Worrying About the Economy

    By Lee Samaha - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: GE, MSM, RHI

    The markets have been concerned over the state of the economy recently. The double whammy of a set of weaker Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reports and disappointing payrolls numbers have had the the bears coming out. Although the direction of the market is not really my concern – I’m market neutral -- the direction of the economy is of great interest. There is more reason to be bullish than bearish more »

  • Why You Should Stop Worrying About the Economy

    By Lee Samaha - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: GE, MSM, RHI

    The markets have been concerned over the state of the economy recently. The double whammy of a set of weaker ISM reports and disappointing payrolls numbers have had the the bears coming out. Although the direction of the market is not really my concern –I’m market neutral- but the direction of the economy is of great interest. In summary I think there is more reason to be bullish than more »

  • Which Temp Companies Are Poised to Grow?

    By Austin Higgins - March 30, 2013 | Tickers: MAN, ASGN, RHI

    When the financial crisis gripped corporate America, contract or temporary worker-positions were among the first to go. At the height of the recession, temporary worker positions dropped by 35% from pre-recession levels. Now, as the economy is expanding, temporary work positions are in higher demand. Even now, temporary positions are still 10% less than what they were prior to the recession.

    Job demand will be increasing; so staffing agencies are more »

  • Robert Half: Debt Free Balance Sheet With a Superior Operating Margin

    By Mark Lin - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: KELYA, MAN, ASGN, RHI

    Founded in 1948, Robert Half (NYSE: RHI) is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm in U.S., and a leader in professional consulting and staffing services. It is also the parent company of Protiviti, a global consulting firm specializing in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The company's specialized staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for project more »

  • Temporary Staffing is Entering the "Bermuda Triangle" of Margin Pressures (Part 2 of 2)

    By Adem Tahiri - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: BBSI, KELYA, MAN, RHI, TBI

    In part one of this series, we discussed a "Triangle" of likely economic concerns that are due to contract the margins of temporary staffing providers.

    To re-cap, they are:

    1). Increased volatility (good or bad) in the unemployment rate

    2). Increase workers compensation rates, particularly if unemployment drops

    3). Increased gas prices

    To be clear, while I feel that the temporary staffing market is due for a hiccup, I don more »

  • Three Stocks You Must Buy Seeing BRC

    By Shweta Dubey - February 12, 2013 | Tickers: CHD, QCOM, RHI

    BRC Investment Management incorporates a combination of proprietary, quantitative, fundamentals, and behavioral valuation techniques to identify companies which are going to be beneficial for future earnings and are worth investing. According to the recent 13F filings on Dec. 31 2012, BRC Investment Management has taken twenty two new positions. Among these, I am picking up three stocks: Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD), and Robert Half International (NYSE: RHImore »)

  • Plenty More Upside in These Employment Stocks

    By Lee Samaha - February 6, 2013 | Tickers: ADP, INTU, ASGN, RHI

    There are times in investing when the market does incredibly strange things.  For instance, consider the case of Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI). Its share price was beaten up in Q3 only to surge over 25% since late November. Have economic and employment prospects really gotten that much better since November? Or to put it another way, were they really that bad in Q3?

    Robert Half is International is International more »

  • Temporary Employment Trends Favor This Company

    By Eric Novinson - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: KELYA, MAN, ASGN, RHI

    A temp agency that can supply workers who possess rare skills that employers need has a valuable competitive advantage right now. On Assignment (NYSE: ASGN) provides scientists, engineers, IT professionals, and health care professionals to its clients. The company does compete with established temp agencies that have moved beyond their traditional specialties such as providing production line workers and low level clerical staff. On Assignment benefits from both recent growth more »

  • The Key Earnings For The Week (Jan 28)

    By Lee Samaha - January 30, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, CL, FB, MJN, RHI

    It's another huge week for earnings and while two weeks ago it was all about banking and one week ago it was mainly technology, this week it’s a broad based reporting week. As ever I will try and pick out some highlights or stocks that are emblematic of industry trends or investment themes. I will try to cover some of these companies so if readers have any favorites more »

  • This Consulting Firm Is Finally Turning Things Around

    By Ted Cooper - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: KFRC, NCI, RECN, RHI

    Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI) has been under pressure since the recession; after a strong 2008, sales fell nearly 13% in 2009. In addition, the company's margins contracted further during 2009. The combination of falling revenue and shrinking margins has impaired the company's profitability and has sent investors running for cover. However, investors who look closely will find that there is a lot to like about Navigant.

    Poor recent more »

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