Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen research firms that are presently covering the firm. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and seven have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 139.40 ($1.73).

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on HAS shares. Deutsche Bank AG upped their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 105 ($1.30) to GBX 120 ($1.49) and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 110 ($1.36) to GBX 130 ($1.61) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 19th. Liberum Capital upped their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 130 ($1.61) to GBX 145 ($1.80) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reiterated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 129 ($1.60) price target on shares of Hays plc in a report on Thursday, September 8th. Finally, Numis Securities Ltd downgraded shares of Hays plc to a “hold” rating and upped their price target for the stock from GBX 110 ($1.36) to GBX 130 ($1.61) in a report on Friday, September 2nd.

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 137.60 on Wednesday. The firm’s market cap is GBX 1.97 billion. Hays plc has a 52 week low of GBX 91.10 and a 52 week high of GBX 151.00. The company’s 50-day moving average price is GBX 136.89 and its 200 day moving average price is GBX 127.06.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, October 13th were issued a GBX 1.99 ($0.02) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was 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 stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.64), for a total value of £424,531.80 ($525,866.22).

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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