Hays plc (HAS) Shares Up 1.4%
Hays plc (LON:HAS) shares shot up 1.4% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as GBX 185.90 ($2.45) and last traded at GBX 187.70 ($2.48). 3,737,073 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of Infinity from the average session volume of 0 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 185.10 ($2.44).
Several research firms have recently issued reports on HAS. Kepler Capital Markets boosted their price objective on shares of Hays plc from GBX 190 ($2.51) to GBX 195 ($2.57) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 165 ($2.18) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Friday, October 13th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 165 ($2.18) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Liberum Capital reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 195 ($2.57) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC upped their target price on shares of Hays plc from GBX 145 ($1.91) to GBX 195 ($2.57) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of GBX 174.38 ($2.30).
The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Thursday, October 5th will be given a GBX 6.51 ($0.09) dividend. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 5th.
In related news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.44), for a total value of £57,757 ($76,216.68).
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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