Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) fell 0% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as GBX 177.93 ($2.38) and last traded at GBX 178.81 ($2.39). 3,480,000 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 36% from the average session volume of 2,560,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 178.81 ($2.39).
Several research firms recently weighed in on HAS. Credit Suisse Group downgraded Hays to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from GBX 190 ($2.54) to GBX 200 ($2.67) in a report on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank downgraded Hays to a “sell” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from GBX 165 ($2.21) to GBX 155 ($2.07) in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 165 ($2.21) price objective on shares of Hays in a report on Friday, November 10th. Liberum Capital restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 195 ($2.61) price objective on shares of Hays in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Kepler Capital Markets lifted their price objective on Hays from GBX 190 ($2.54) to GBX 195 ($2.61) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 174.77 ($2.34).
The firm has a market cap of $2,620.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 1,834.00.
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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