The best human resources (HR) stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals — while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.
6 HR stocks to watch
We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the staffing industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.
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Take a deeper dive into HR stocks
If you're interested in investing in the staffing industry, take a closer look at what companies in this industry do and how the stocks have historically performed. Keep in mind that positive past performance doesn't guarantee that a stock will continue to rise in the future.
1. Kelly Services A (KELYA)
Kelly Services, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries. The company operates through five segments: Professional & Industrial; Science, Engineering & Technology; Education; Outsourcing & Consulting; and International.
Kelly Services A stock opened the day at $22.25 after a previous close of $21.93. The latest price was $22.55 (25-minute delay). Kelly Services A is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD5 billion and employs 7,500 staff.
Insperity, Inc. engages in the provision of human resources (HR) and business solutions to improve business performance for small and medium-sized businesses. It offers its HR services through its Workforce Optimization and Workforce Synchronization solutions that include a range of human resources functions, such as payroll and employment administration, employee benefits, workers' compensation, government compliance, performance management, and training and development services.
Insperity stock opened the day at $91.85 after a previous close of $91.05. The latest price was $93.00 (25-minute delay). Insperity is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$5.9 billion and employs 299,105 staff.
Kforce Inc. provides professional staffing services and solutions in the United States. It operates through two segments, Technology, and Finance and Accounting (FA).
Kforce stock opened the day at $62.01 after a previous close of $61.18. The latest price was $62.28 (25-minute delay). Kforce is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.7 billion and employs 2,000 staff.
Korn Ferry, together with its subsidiaries, provides organizational consulting services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Consulting, Digital, Executive Search, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) & Professional Search. The company provides executive search services to recruit board level, chief executive, other senior executive, and general management talent of organizations.
Korn Ferry stock opened the day at $68.00 after a previous close of $66.93. The latest price was $69.02 (25-minute delay). Korn Ferry is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.8 billion and employs 10,779 staff.
Upwork Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, operates a work marketplace that connects businesses with various independent professionals and agencies in the United States, India, the Philippines, and internationally. The company's work marketplace provides access to talent with various skills across a range of categories, including sales and marketing, customer service, data science and analytics, design and creative, web, mobile, and software development.
Upwork stock opened the day at $55.86 after a previous close of $55.36. The latest price was $57.83 (25-minute delay). Upwork is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$618.3 million and employs 850 staff.
Freelancer Limited operates a freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace in Australia. The company operates in two segments, Online Marketplace and Online Payment Services. Its marketplace allows employers to hire freelancers in the field of software development, writing, data entry and design, engineering, sciences, sales and marketing, and accounting and legal services.
Freelancer stock opened the day at A$1.17 after a previous close of A$1.17. The latest price was A$1.18 (25-minute delay). Freelancer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), has a trailing 12-month revenue of around AUD$55.7 million and employs 376 staff. All prices are listed in Australian Dollars.
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While it’s possible to turn a profit investing in HR stocks, keep in mind that — like any investment — HR stocks are not immune to risk. These stocks are subject to fluctuating conditions — both in the market and in the staffing industry, so carefully vet your picks before you invest. And if you’re new to investing, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a critical look at your investing accounts, compare brokers to make sure you’re getting the best features in your trading account.
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