Robert Half International Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of staffing and consulting company Robert Half International (NYS: RHI) heard the words "you're hired" today after reporting earnings.

So what: Revenue grew 20% in the third quarter to $984.7 million, passing estimates of $970 million. And earnings per share of $0.31 more than doubled earnings from a year ago and came in three cents ahead of analyst's estimates.

Now what: With the employment picture looking dismal it's a bit of a surprise to see a staffing company perform so well. But the advantage employers have in using Robert Half is that they don't have to add permanent headcount and can let workers go if demand slows down. If the employment picture does begin to improve, then conditions should get even better, so I think this is bullish news for Robert Half.

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