UBS reiterated their buy rating on shares of Hays (LON:HAS) in a research note published on Friday, investing.thisismoney.co.uk reports.
A number of other brokerages have also weighed in on HAS. Deutsche Bank restated a sell rating and issued a GBX 160 ($2.25) price objective on shares of Hays in a report on Friday, January 12th. Credit Suisse Group raised their price objective on Hays from GBX 200 ($2.81) to GBX 210 ($2.95) and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Kepler Capital Markets raised their price objective on Hays from GBX 195 ($2.74) to GBX 205 ($2.88) and gave the company a hold rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. Jefferies Group restated a hold rating and issued a GBX 195 ($2.74) price objective on shares of Hays in a report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase raised their price objective on Hays from GBX 165 ($2.32) to GBX 177.10 ($2.49) and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of GBX 186.59 ($2.62).
HAS stock traded down GBX 1.40 ($0.02) during midday trading on Friday, reaching GBX 185.40 ($2.60). The stock had a trading volume of 3,627,688 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,420,000. Hays has a 52-week low of GBX 155 ($2.18) and a 52-week high of GBX 206.20 ($2.89).
The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a dividend of GBX 1.06 ($0.01) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a dividend yield of 0.54%.
In related news, insider Andy Martin purchased 35,000 shares of Hays stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The shares were acquired at an average price of GBX 196 ($2.75) per share, for a total transaction of £68,600 ($96,294.22).
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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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