Hays plc (LON:HAS) had its price target increased by analysts at Jefferies Group from GBX 120 ($1.49) to GBX 140 ($1.73) in a research report issued on Friday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 3.93% from the stock’s previous close.
Several other research analysts have also issued reports on HAS. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and boosted their target price for the company from GBX 100 ($1.24) to GBX 125 ($1.55) in a research report on Friday, September 2nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their target price on Hays plc from GBX 105 ($1.30) to GBX 110 ($1.36) and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, July 15th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 105 ($1.30) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Sunday, September 4th. Numis Securities Ltd lowered Hays plc to an “add” rating and dropped their target price for the company from GBX 155 ($1.92) to GBX 110 ($1.36) in a research report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Liberum Capital boosted their target price on Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.61) to GBX 145 ($1.79) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Hays plc currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 137.75 ($1.70).
Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 136.90 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 132.04 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 124.78. The stock’s market cap is GBX 1.96 billion. Hays plc has a 1-year low of GBX 91.10 and a 1-year high of GBX 151.00.
The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Stockholders 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 a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%.
In other news, insider Venables,Paul sold 106,238 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 133 ($1.65), for a total transaction of £141,296.54 ($174,871.96).
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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