Hays plc (LON:HAS) shares were up 1.7% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as GBX 195.20 ($2.57) and last traded at GBX 194.40 ($2.56). Approximately 4,431,752 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 23% from the average daily volume of 3,613,920 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 191.10 ($2.51).
A number of research analysts recently weighed in on HAS shares. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Hays plc from GBX 157 ($2.06) to GBX 149 ($1.96) and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. BNP Paribas downgraded Hays plc to a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 175 ($2.30) price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Liberum Capital reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.37) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 165 ($2.17) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Numis Securities Ltd reissued a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.37) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Monday, July 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Hays plc has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of GBX 171.36 ($2.25).
The stock’s market cap is GBX 2.75 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is GBX 185.10 and its 200-day moving average price is GBX 171.78.
The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be paid a dividend of GBX 6.51 ($0.09) per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%. This is a positive change from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96.
In other news, insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.43), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($75,936.10).
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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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