Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the seventeen research firms that are currently covering the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 140.27 ($1.83).
A number of research analysts have commented on HAS shares. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a GBX 129 ($1.68) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 105 ($1.37) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, August 29th. Credit Suisse Group AG raised Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and increased their target price for the stock from GBX 100 ($1.31) to GBX 125 ($1.63) in a research report on Friday, September 2nd. Liberum Capital increased their target price on Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.70) to GBX 145 ($1.89) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 23rd. Finally, Numis Securities Ltd lowered Hays plc to a “hold” rating and increased their target price for the stock from GBX 110 ($1.44) to GBX 130 ($1.70) in a research report on Friday, September 2nd.
Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) traded down 0.22% on Wednesday, hitting GBX 136.00. The company had a trading volume of 3,834,681 shares. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is GBX 130.80 and its 200-day moving average price is GBX 124.43. Hays plc has a 52 week low of GBX 91.10 and a 52 week high of GBX 156.90. The stock’s market capitalization is GBX 1.95 billion.
The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be paid a GBX 1.99 ($0.03) dividend. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 13th.
In other news, insider Venables,Paul sold 321,615 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.72), for a total value of £424,531.80 ($554,146.72).
About Hays plc
Hays plc is a United Kingdom-based recruitment company engaged in the provision of specialist recruitment activities. The Company’s geographical segments include: Asia Pacific, Continental Europe & Rest of World, and United Kingdom & Ireland. The Company operates worldwide in 20 specialism, including accounting and finance, construction and property, information and technology (IT), sales and marketing, education, engineering and manufacturing, health and social care, legal, financial services, retail, executive, life sciences and human resources.
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