Hays plc (LON:HAS) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 188.39 ($2.45).

Several research analysts recently weighed in on HAS shares. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Hays in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Hays in a research report on Thursday, August 30th. Kepler Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Hays in a report on Friday, July 13th. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Hays in a report on Wednesday, July 4th. Finally, HSBC downgraded Hays to a “hold” rating and lowered their price target for the company from GBX 220 ($2.87) to GBX 205 ($2.67) in a report on Monday, September 17th.

Shares of HAS traded up GBX 1.20 ($0.02) during trading hours on Friday, hitting GBX 205.20 ($2.67). The stock had a trading volume of 4,285,015 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,420,000. Hays has a 12-month low of GBX 155 ($2.02) and a 12-month high of GBX 206.20 ($2.69).

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 16th. Investors of record on Thursday, October 4th will be issued a GBX 7.75 ($0.10) dividend. This is an increase from Hays’s previous dividend of $1.06. This represents a yield of 3.99%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 4th.

In other news, insider Paul Venables sold 1,019,390 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 204 ($2.66), for a total transaction of £2,079,555.60 ($2,708,812.82). Also, insider Alistair R. Cox sold 107,927 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 206 ($2.68), for a total value of £222,329.62 ($289,604.82). Over the last quarter, insiders sold 1,252,841 shares of company stock valued at $255,795,418.

Hays Company Profile

Hays plc operates as a specialist recruitment company in the Asia Pacific, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. The company offers permanent, temporary, and contractor recruitment services, such as qualified, professional, and skilled recruitment to public and private sector.

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