Hays plc (LON:HAS) rose 0% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as GBX 184.20 ($2.42) and last traded at GBX 183.92 ($2.42). Approximately 0 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 100% from the average daily volume of 3,510,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 183.92 ($2.42).

HAS has been the subject of several recent research reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co lifted their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 152.50 ($2.01) to GBX 165 ($2.17) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Liberum Capital reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.37) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Numis Securities Ltd reissued a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.37) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a report on Friday, September 1st. Kepler Capital Markets lifted their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 163 ($2.14) to GBX 190 ($2.50) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC lifted their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 145 ($1.91) to GBX 195 ($2.56) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 174.38 ($2.29).

The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be issued a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%.

In other news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.43), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($75,966.07).

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About Hays plc

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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