Trading Report: The Jefferies Group Boosts Hays plc (HAS) Price Target to GBX 140

The Jefferies Group Boosts Hays plc (HAS) Price Target to GBX 140

Hays plc (LON:HAS) had its target price upped by Jefferies Group from GBX 120 ($1.49) to GBX 140 ($1.73) in a report published on Friday morning. They currently have a hold rating on the stock.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Numis Securities Ltd lowered shares of Hays plc to an add rating and decreased their price target for the stock from GBX 155 ($1.92) to GBX 110 ($1.36) in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a buy rating and set a GBX 125 ($1.55) target price on shares of Hays plc in a report on Thursday, July 14th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Hays plc to an equal weight rating in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Barclays PLC lowered shares of Hays plc to an equal weight rating and reduced their target price for the company from GBX 155 ($1.92) to GBX 105 ($1.30) in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on shares of Hays plc from GBX 105 ($1.30) to GBX 110 ($1.36) and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Friday, July 15th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Hays plc currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of GBX 137.75 ($1.70).

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) opened at 141.30 on Friday. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 2.02 billion. Hays plc has a 1-year low of GBX 91.10 and a 1-year high of GBX 151.00. The firm has a 50-day moving average of GBX 132.24 and a 200 day moving average of GBX 124.91.

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 13th will be given a GBX 1.99 ($0.02) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.53%. This is a boost from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.91. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 13th.

In related news, insider Venables,Paul sold 321,615 shares of Hays plc stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 132 ($1.63), for a total transaction of £424,531.80 ($525,410.64).

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