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Chicago, IL - May 21, 2012 -
Robert Half International
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Bull of the Day
We are upgrading our recommendation on
Robert Half International
) to Outperform from Neutral following robust first quarter 2012
earnings. The company's first quarter earnings of $0.34 per share
surpassed the prior-year earnings by 89% and the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by 21%.
Each of the business segments of Robert Half reported strong
revenue growth in the quarter. Besides revenue, earnings also
experienced a robust growth owing to the strong demand of personnel
in the technology and accounting sectors. Gross margins and
operating margins also improved on solid top-line results.
We are encouraged by management's efforts to reward its
shareholders through dividends and buybacks. Further, the improving
global economic condition has heightened demand for the company's
temporary and permanent staffing services and risk consulting and
internal audit services.
Bear of the Day
) posted fourth-quarter 2011 earnings of $0.72 per share, which
missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.74. But it was above the
prior-year earnings of $0.66, fueled by strong sales during Harvest
and Christmas. High-rising prices of commodities as well as slow
recovery of global economy is negatively impacting the company's
The company has also lowered its earnings guidance for the first
quarter 2012 on the back of lower comparative sales during the
period. Moreover, overdependence on Chinese vendors poses a threat.
Hence we maintain an Underperform rating on the stock.
Based on 2012 earnings estimate of $1.05, the stock is trading at
13.0x compared to the industry average of 20.5x. Our target price
of $12.00 is based on approximately 11.4x our 2012 earnings
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MasterCard Moves Ahead with Mobile Wallet
In line with the industry trend of expanding digital payments
) is preparing to bring a White Label Mobile Wallet solution
jointly with C-SAM, a non-US based provider of turnkey solutions.
The new solution comes just a week after the company launched
PayPass Wallet Services.
The offering will facilitate a quicker, secured and flexible
mode of payment to mobile operators, bankers and payment providers
across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the African region.
The alliance will allow MasterCard to combine its pre-paid
platform, offers, PayPass Wallet and informational services with
C-SAM's Mobile Transaction Platform ("MTP"). The joint solution
will come with huge promotional offers to attract a large number of
customers who want virtual payment services available on their
The new platform will address the intricacies in operating
several mobile devices and its respective operating platforms and
simultaneously preserving the security and other third party
associations. With these services, the mobile operators and
financial institutions will be able to offer unparalleled services
to the customers.
With this initiative, MasterCard moves a step ahead of its peers
) - in offering digital payment services. Both AmEx and Visa are
primarily focusing on the US market while MasterCard is on the
lookout for expanding its footprint in the international
AmEx collaborated with Isis Mobile to provide Isis Mobile Wallet
to its customers in Utah and Texas later this year. Competing on
similar grounds, Visa entered into an agreement with Obopay
Disbursements to pay out electronic funds to a prepaid card.
MasterCard currently retains a Zacks #2 Rank, which translates
into a short-term Buy rating. We also retain our long term
'Neutral' recommendation on its shares.
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