The Hays plc (HAS) Receives “Buy” Rating from Liberum Capital

The Hays plc (HAS) Receives “Buy” Rating from Liberum Capital

Liberum Capital restated their buy rating on shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) in a research note published on Friday. Liberum Capital currently has a GBX 145 ($1.79) price objective on the stock.

Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on HAS. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a sell rating and set a GBX 129 ($1.60) target price on shares of Hays plc in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their price target on shares of Hays plc from GBX 140 ($1.73) to GBX 105 ($1.30) and set a neutral rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Numis Securities Ltd downgraded shares of Hays plc to an add rating and cut their price target for the company from GBX 155 ($1.92) to GBX 110 ($1.36) in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Hays plc to an equal weight rating in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. Finally, Barclays PLC downgraded shares of Hays plc to an equal weight rating and cut their price target for the company from GBX 155 ($1.92) to GBX 105 ($1.30) in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hays plc presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 137.75 ($1.70).

Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) traded down 1.68% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching GBX 134.70. 1,225,003 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of GBX 132.87 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 125.18. Hays plc has a 12-month low of GBX 91.10 and a 12-month high of GBX 151.00. The firm’s market capitalization is GBX 1.93 billion.

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

In other news, insider Venables,Paul sold 106,238 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 133 ($1.65), for a total transaction of £141,296.54 ($174,871.96).

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