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

Hays plc (LON:HAS) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen analysts that are covering the company. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 136.27 ($1.78).

Several research firms have recently weighed in on HAS. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and increased their price target for the stock from GBX 100 ($1.31) to GBX 125 ($1.63) in a research note on Friday, September 2nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their target price on Hays plc from GBX 105 ($1.37) to GBX 110 ($1.44) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, July 15th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 105 ($1.37) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Sunday, September 4th. Numis Securities Ltd downgraded Hays plc to an “add” rating and cut their target price for the stock from GBX 155 ($2.02) to GBX 110 ($1.44) in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Liberum Capital raised their target price on Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.70) to GBX 145 ($1.89) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 23rd.

In other Hays plc news, insider Venables,Paul sold 321,615 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.72), for a total value of £424,531.80 ($554,146.72).

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 132.00 on Wednesday. Hays plc has a 12-month low of GBX 91.10 and a 12-month high of GBX 151.00. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 1.89 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is GBX 131.69 and its 200 day moving average price is GBX 124.64.

The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be issued a GBX 1.99 ($0.03) dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 13th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. This is a boost from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91.

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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