Shares of Whitbread plc (LON:WTB) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the eighteen analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 4,224.64 ($55.17).

WTB has been the topic of a number of research reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 3,965 ($51.78) target price on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 4,550 ($59.41) target price on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Berenberg Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 5,000 ($65.29) target price on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Friday, April 21st. Finally, Shore Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Whitbread plc in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th.

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In other Whitbread plc news, insider Adam Crozier acquired 1,000 shares of Whitbread plc stock in a transaction on Monday, May 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of GBX 4,074 ($53.20) per share, for a total transaction of £40,740 ($53,199.27).

Shares of Whitbread plc (LON WTB) traded down 0.18% during trading on Friday, hitting GBX 3919.00. 325,538 shares of the stock traded hands. Whitbread plc has a 52 week low of GBX 3,365.00 and a 52 week high of GBX 4,333.00. The company has a 50-day moving average of GBX 3,954.20 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 3,991.53. The firm’s market cap is GBX 7.15 billion.

The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 25th were paid a GBX 65.90 ($0.86) dividend. This represents a yield of 1.65%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 25th. This is an increase from Whitbread plc’s previous dividend of $29.90.

About Whitbread plc

Whitbread PLC is a hospitality company. The Company operates hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. The Company operates in two segments: Hotels & Restaurants, and Costa. The Hotels & Restaurants segment provides services in relation to accommodation and food. The Costa segment consists of operations of its branded, owned and franchised coffee outlets.

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