Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 166 ($2.24).
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Liberum Capital lifted their target price on Hays plc from GBX 180 ($2.43) to GBX 195 ($2.63) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Numis Securities Ltd reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a GBX 180 ($2.43) target price on shares of Hays plc in a report on Friday, September 1st. J P Morgan Chase & Co lifted their target price on Hays plc from GBX 152.50 ($2.06) to GBX 165 ($2.22) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays plc in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, BNP Paribas reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 175 ($2.36) target price on shares of Hays plc in a report on Tuesday, July 18th.
Hays plc (LON:HAS) traded up 0.54% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting GBX 186.50. 3,064,838 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average of GBX 175.68 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 168.14. The stock’s market cap is GBX 2.69 billion. Hays plc has a 12-month low of GBX 125.40 and a 12-month high of GBX 189.10.
The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be given a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. This represents a yield of 3.55%.
In other Hays plc news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.49), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($77,871.11).
About Hays plc
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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