Hays plc (LON:HAS)’s share price rose 1.7% during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as GBX 195.20 ($2.57) and last traded at GBX 194.40 ($2.56). Approximately 4,431,752 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 23% from the average daily volume of 3,613,920 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 191.10 ($2.51).
HAS has been the subject of a number of research reports. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 157 ($2.06) to GBX 149 ($1.96) and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. Barclays PLC restated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays plc in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. BNP Paribas lowered shares of Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 175 ($2.30) price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Numis Securities Ltd restated a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.37) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 165 ($2.17) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Monday, July 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of GBX 171.36 ($2.25).
The company’s 50 day moving average price is GBX 184.58 and its 200-day moving average price is GBX 171.55. The stock’s market capitalization is GBX 2.80 billion.
The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be paid a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. This represents a yield of 3.55%. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th.
In other Hays plc news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of Hays plc stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.43), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($75,936.10).
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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