H & R Block Inc. (HRB) provides tax preparation and banking services for assisted income tax return preparation, digital tax solutions and other services and products related to income tax return preparation. The stock is currently trading around $31.58 at the upper end of its 52 week range of $27.42-$35.80. The stock has been underperforming the market this year falling by 6.56% year to date. HRB is scheduled to report earnings after the bell today, and the stock is higher on the session by around $0.10 or 0.32% ahead of the close.

Over the past 12 quarters HRB has rallied on earnings day 4 times with an average move of 3.79%. The stock appears to be reversing a bearish trend over the last few days. Over the past 12 quarters HRB has rallied from earnings to the nearest options expiration 6 times with an average move of 4.42%. The stock looks as if it could rip to the upside in today’s session despite being down a few cents. Investors are mainly looking to see how the tax preparer will benefit from the Affordable Care Act. Other investors are looking to see how the migration away from pen and paper filers will add to earnings performance.

The options market is currently implying a move of around $1.83 or 5.8% in HRB by this Friday’s close giving us targets of $33.41 and $29.75.

Andrew Keene

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