Hays plc (LON:HAS) had its target price upped by Citigroup Inc. from GBX 135 ($1.65) to GBX 137 ($1.67) in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has a neutral rating on the stock.
A number of other research firms have also commented on HAS. Liberum Capital raised their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.58) to GBX 145 ($1.77) and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Friday, September 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a sell rating and set a GBX 129 ($1.57) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their target price on shares of Hays plc from GBX 140 ($1.71) to GBX 105 ($1.28) and set a neutral rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Numis Securities Ltd lowered shares of Hays plc to an add rating and decreased their target price for the company from GBX 155 ($1.89) to GBX 110 ($1.34) in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Hays plc to an equal weight rating in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hays plc presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of GBX 140.06 ($1.71).
Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 143.0344 on Tuesday. Hays plc has a 1-year low of GBX 91.10 and a 1-year high of GBX 151.00. The company has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 133.22 and a 200-day moving average price of GBX 125.43. The stock’s market cap is GBX 2.05 billion.
The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be issued a dividend of GBX 1.99 ($0.02) per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 13th. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91. This represents a yield of 1.53%.
In other Hays plc news, insider Venables,Paul sold 321,615 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.61), for a total transaction of £424,531.80 ($517,406.22).
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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