Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 176.42 ($2.32).
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on HAS. Royal Bank Of Canada raised their price target on Hays from GBX 160 ($2.10) to GBX 180 ($2.37) and gave the stock a “sector performer” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Jefferies Group LLC lifted their target price on Hays from GBX 145 ($1.91) to GBX 195 ($2.56) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Kepler Capital Markets lifted their target price on Hays from GBX 190 ($2.50) to GBX 195 ($2.56) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 165 ($2.17) target price on shares of Hays in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 165 ($2.17) target price on shares of Hays in a research report on Friday, October 13th.
In other news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.43), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($75,966.07).
Shares of Hays (LON HAS) remained flat at $GBX 182.80 ($2.40) on Monday. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 615,548 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,890,000. Hays has a 12 month low of GBX 135.70 ($1.78) and a 12 month high of GBX 199.90 ($2.63).
The company also recently declared a dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th were paid a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%. This is a positive change from Hays’s previous dividend of $0.96.
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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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