Hays (LON:HAS) Receiving Critical Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News articles about Hays (LON:HAS) have trended negative this week, InfoTrie reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Hays earned a news sentiment score of -2.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Hays’ ranking:

HAS has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Liberum Capital reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Hays in a research note on Tuesday, February 4th. Investec assumed coverage on shares of Hays in a research report on Wednesday, December 11th. They issued a “hold” rating and a GBX 170 ($2.24) price objective for the company. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Hays in a research note on Wednesday, November 13th. Kepler Capital Markets upped their target price on shares of Hays from GBX 145 ($1.91) to GBX 160 ($2.10) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 17th. Finally, HSBC raised their target price on shares of Hays from GBX 155 ($2.04) to GBX 195 ($2.57) and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eleven have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 167.27 ($2.20).

Shares of Hays stock opened at GBX 165 ($2.17) on Friday. The business has a fifty day simple moving average of GBX 168.59 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of GBX 159.54. Hays has a 1 year low of GBX 131.80 ($1.73) and a 1 year high of GBX 186 ($2.45). The company has a market capitalization of $2.41 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 13.41, a current ratio of 1.48 and a quick ratio of 1.41.

Hays Company Profile

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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