Hays plc (LON:HAS) insider Alistair R. Cox sold 89,325 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 150 ($1.96), for a total transaction of £133,987.50 ($175,078.40).
Shares of Hays stock opened at GBX 151.80 ($1.98) on Thursday. Hays plc has a 52-week low of GBX 132 ($1.72) and a 52-week high of GBX 213.40 ($2.79). The stock has a market capitalization of $2.25 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.80. The company has a fifty day moving average of GBX 148.27 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 151.84. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 13.41, a quick ratio of 1.48 and a current ratio of 1.48.
The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, October 3rd will be issued a dividend of GBX 8.29 ($0.11) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 3rd. This represents a dividend yield of 6.01%. This is a positive change from Hays’s previous dividend of $1.11. Hays’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 0.36%.
Several research analysts recently issued reports on HAS shares. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays in a research report on Wednesday, September 4th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a GBX 175 ($2.29) target price on shares of Hays in a research note on Monday, May 20th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on Hays from GBX 170 ($2.22) to GBX 160 ($2.09) and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 4th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Hays in a research note on Thursday, August 29th. Finally, UBS Group cut their price objective on Hays from GBX 165 ($2.16) to GBX 140 ($1.83) and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, August 30th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Hays has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 169.55 ($2.22).
Hays plc operates as a recruitment company in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. The company offers permanent, temporary, and contractor recruitment services, such as qualified, professional, and skilled recruitment to public and private sector. It specializes in offering recruitment services in the areas of accountancy and finance, construction and property, information technology, life sciences, sales and marketing, banking and capital markets, contact centers, education, engineering and manufacturing, executive, financial services, health and social care, human resources, legal, office professionals, energy, oil and gas, purchasing, retail, resources and mining, and telecoms.
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