Hays plc (LON:HAS) had its target price lifted by Jefferies Group from GBX 120 ($1.57) to GBX 140 ($1.83) in a report released on Friday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 3.63% from the stock’s current price.

Several other research analysts have also issued reports on HAS. Liberum Capital raised their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.70) to GBX 145 ($1.89) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 23rd. Citigroup Inc. restated a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 135 ($1.76) price target on shares of Hays plc in a report on Tuesday, September 13th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 129 ($1.68) price target on shares of Hays plc in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 105 ($1.37) price target on shares of Hays plc in a report on Sunday, September 4th. Finally, Numis Securities Ltd lowered shares of Hays plc to a “hold” rating and raised their price target for the stock from GBX 110 ($1.44) to GBX 130 ($1.70) in a report on Friday, September 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 138.47 ($1.81).

Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 135.10 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average is GBX 131.44 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 124.59. The firm’s market cap is GBX 1.94 billion. Hays plc has a one year low of GBX 91.10 and a one year high of GBX 151.00.

The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be paid a dividend of GBX 1.99 ($0.03) per share. This represents a yield of 1.53%. 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.

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

About Hays plc

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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