Hays plc (LON:HAS) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 176.42 ($2.33).
A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. BNP Paribas lowered Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 175 ($2.31) target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Liberum Capital reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.38) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 165 ($2.18) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Numis Securities Ltd reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.38) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th.
In other news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.44), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($76,216.68).
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Shares of Hays plc (LON HAS) traded up GBX 1.80 ($0.02) during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting GBX 187.70 ($2.48). The stock had a trading volume of 3,737,073 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,730,000. Hays plc has a 1-year low of GBX 130.50 ($1.72) and a 1-year high of GBX 199.90 ($2.64).
The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be paid a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 5th.
Hays plc Company Profile
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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