Hays plc (LON:HAS) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the seventeen brokerages that are presently covering the stock. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 136.27 ($1.78).

Several analysts recently issued reports on HAS shares. Deutsche Bank AG downgraded shares of Hays plc to a “sell” rating and reduced their price target for the company from GBX 150 ($1.96) to GBX 105 ($1.37) in a research report on Friday, June 10th. Jefferies Group lifted their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 120 ($1.57) to GBX 140 ($1.83) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 105 ($1.37) to GBX 110 ($1.44) and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, July 15th. Credit Suisse Group AG downgraded shares of Hays plc to an “underperform” rating and reduced their price target for the company from GBX 150 ($1.96) to GBX 100 ($1.31) in a research report on Thursday, June 30th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 135 ($1.76) price target on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Tuesday, September 13th.

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

Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 131.40 on Wednesday. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 1.88 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of GBX 131.69 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 124.64. Hays plc has a 12 month low of GBX 91.10 and a 12 month high of GBX 151.00.

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be issued a GBX 1.99 ($0.03) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 13th.

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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