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

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have issued a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 153.50 ($1.90).

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Liberum Capital increased their price target on Hays plc from GBX 170 ($2.10) to GBX 175 ($2.16) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 22nd. Numis Securities Ltd reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 160 ($1.98) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd. Kepler Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 163 ($2.01) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a GBX 145 ($1.79) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, January 30th. Finally, BNP Paribas reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 165 ($2.04) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Friday, January 13th.

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) traded down 0.68% during trading on Monday, hitting GBX 161.20. The stock had a trading volume of 1,441,082 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average is GBX 156.38 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 145.12. The firm’s market cap is GBX 2.32 billion. Hays plc has a 52-week low of GBX 91.10 and a 52-week high of GBX 165.60.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 2nd will be issued a dividend of GBX 0.96 ($0.01) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 2nd. This represents a dividend yield of 0.63%.

In other news, insider Peter Williams bought 8,054 shares of Hays plc stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 23rd. The stock was acquired at an average price of GBX 149 ($1.84) per share, with a total value of £12,000.46 ($14,820.87).

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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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