Hays plc (LON:HAS) insider Doug Evans sold 31,220 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 185 ($2.39), for a total transaction of £57,757 ($74,592.54).

Shares of Hays plc (HAS) traded down 0.76% on Wednesday, hitting GBX 183.40. 2,377,873 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm’s market cap is GBX 2.65 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average is GBX 170.90 and its 200 day moving average is GBX 166.26. Hays plc has a 12 month low of GBX 125.40 and a 12 month high of GBX 186.40.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be paid a GBX 6.51 ($0.08) dividend. This is an increase from Hays plc’s previous dividend of $0.96. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 5th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.55%.

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Several research firms have recently weighed in on HAS. Liberum Capital boosted their price objective on shares of Hays plc from GBX 180 ($2.32) to GBX 195 ($2.52) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Numis Securities Ltd restated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 180 ($2.32) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Friday, September 1st. J P Morgan Chase & Co boosted their price objective on shares of Hays plc from GBX 152.50 ($1.97) to GBX 165 ($2.13) and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a GBX 165 ($2.13) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, BNP Paribas restated a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 175 ($2.26) price objective on shares of Hays plc in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Hays plc presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 162.21 ($2.09).

Hays plc Company Profile

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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