Shares of Hays plc (LON:HAS) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the thirteen research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 182.21 ($2.38).
A number of equities analysts have issued reports on HAS shares. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Hays to an “overweight” rating and raised their target price for the stock from GBX 149 ($1.95) to GBX 235 ($3.07) in a report on Thursday, September 27th. Kepler Capital Markets dropped their price target on shares of Hays from GBX 205 ($2.68) to GBX 170 ($2.22) and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 15th. UBS Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Hays in a research note on Friday, October 5th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on shares of Hays from GBX 210 ($2.74) to GBX 170 ($2.22) and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 16th. Finally, Citigroup restated a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 180 ($2.35) price target on shares of Hays in a research note on Wednesday, October 31st.
In related news, insider Alistair R. Cox sold 1,100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 157 ($2.05), for a total transaction of £1,727,000 ($2,256,631.39). Also, insider Doug Evans sold 125,524 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 204 ($2.67), for a total transaction of £256,068.96 ($334,599.45).
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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