Hays plc (LON:HAS) had its price objective upped by Jefferies Group from GBX 120 ($1.57) to GBX 140 ($1.83) in a research report released on Friday morning. Jefferies Group currently has a hold rating on the stock.
A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on HAS. Deutsche Bank AG cut shares of Hays plc to a sell rating and cut their target price for the company from GBX 150 ($1.96) to GBX 105 ($1.37) in a research note on Friday, June 10th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a sell rating and issued a GBX 98 ($1.28) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, June 27th. BNP Paribas restated an outperform rating and issued a GBX 140 ($1.83) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, June 27th. Kepler Capital Markets cut shares of Hays plc to a reduce rating in a research report on Friday, July 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG cut shares of Hays plc to an underperform rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from GBX 150 ($1.96) to GBX 100 ($1.31) in a research report on Thursday, June 30th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hays plc has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 137.75 ($1.80).
Hays plc (LON:HAS) traded up 2.51% during midday trading on Friday, hitting GBX 134.70. The stock had a trading volume of 3,535,087 shares. The company’s market cap is GBX 1.93 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average is GBX 131.69 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 124.64. Hays plc has a one year low of GBX 91.10 and a one year high of GBX 151.00.
The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be given a dividend of GBX 1.99 ($0.03) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 13th. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91.
In other Hays plc news, insider Venables,Paul sold 321,615 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.72), for a total transaction of £424,531.80 ($554,146.72).
Hays plc Company Profile
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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