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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of H&R Block (HRB) were down in mid-afternoon trading Friday ahead of the company's 2017 fiscal first quarter results, due out on Tuesday.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are looking for the Kansas City, MO-based tax preparation company to post a loss of 53 cents per share on revenue of $132.95 million for the quarter.

During the same period last year, the company said it had a loss of 35 cents per share on revenue of $137.72 million.

Additionally, H&R Block declared a cash dividend of 22 cents per share earlier this week, payable to shareholders on October 3.

The company has also recently been the focus of takeover speculation as BTIG has alleged that it is looking for buyout opportunities. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathway (BRK.A) and private equity firm Thoma Bravo have been cited in the past as potential buyers.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HRB

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