Shares of CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Zacks has also given CRA International an industry rank of 210 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered CRA International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. BidaskClub downgraded CRA International from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded CRA International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st.

In other news, CFO Chad M. Holmes sold 1,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.17, for a total value of $73,389.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $477,244.35. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Rowland Moriarty sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.10, for a total value of $461,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 38,471 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,773,513.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 25,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,108,417. 4.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. grew its holdings in shares of CRA International by 22.7% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 41,115 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,686,000 after acquiring an additional 7,600 shares in the last quarter. Sawgrass Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of CRA International in the third quarter valued at approximately $385,000. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of CRA International by 72.7% in the third quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 20,900 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $858,000 after acquiring an additional 8,800 shares in the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in CRA International during the third quarter valued at $128,000. Finally, Foundry Partners LLC grew its holdings in CRA International by 8.5% during the third quarter. Foundry Partners LLC now owns 141,085 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,792,000 after purchasing an additional 11,070 shares during the period. 85.17% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of CRA International (CRAI) traded down $0.02 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $46.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 24,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 30,517. The firm has a market cap of $375.86, a PE ratio of 33.35 and a beta of 0.80. CRA International has a 52-week low of $31.77 and a 52-week high of $47.30.

CRA International (NASDAQ:CRAI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.38 by $0.03. CRA International had a return on equity of 5.98% and a net margin of 3.39%. The company had revenue of $91.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $90.36 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.39 EPS. CRA International’s revenue was up 11.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that CRA International will post 1.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 28th were issued a $0.17 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 27th. This is a positive change from CRA International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.47%. CRA International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 48.92%.

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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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