Hays plc (HAS) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating 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 166 ($2.14).

Several brokerages recently commented on HAS. Liberum Capital lifted their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 180 ($2.32) to GBX 195 ($2.52) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Numis Securities Ltd reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.32) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Monday, July 17th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays plc in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 157 ($2.03) to GBX 149 ($1.92) and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co lifted their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 152.50 ($1.97) to GBX 165 ($2.13) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st.

Shares of Hays plc (LON HAS) traded down 0.32% on Wednesday, reaching GBX 186.70. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,159,086 shares. Hays plc has a 52-week low of GBX 125.40 and a 52-week high of GBX 189.10. The company’s market cap is GBX 2.69 billion. The stock has a 50-day moving average of GBX 173.59 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 167.47.

The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be given a GBX 6.51 ($0.08) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 5th.

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In other news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.39), for a total value of £57,757 ($74,592.54).

Hays plc Company Profile

Hays plc is a recruitment company. The Company’s segments include Asia Pacific; Continental Europe & Rest of World, and United Kingdom & Ireland. The Company offers temporary and permanent recruitment services to private and public sector markets. It operates in over 30 countries and approximately 20 specialisms.

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