Marks and Spencer Group Plc (LON:MKS) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty-five ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 369.91 ($4.82).

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on MKS shares. Liberum Capital restated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 250 ($3.26) target price on shares of Marks and Spencer Group Plc in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Barclays PLC started coverage on Marks and Spencer Group Plc in a research report on Friday, April 21st. They set an “overweight” rating and a GBX 410 ($5.34) target price for the company. Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 460 ($5.99) target price on shares of Marks and Spencer Group Plc in a research report on Monday, April 24th. HSBC Holdings plc restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 465 ($6.06) target price on shares of Marks and Spencer Group Plc in a research report on Monday, April 24th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Marks and Spencer Group Plc in a research report on Thursday, May 4th.

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Shares of Marks and Spencer Group Plc (LON:MKS) traded down 0.64% on Friday, hitting GBX 328.40. The stock had a trading volume of 2,786,209 shares. The company’s market cap is GBX 5.33 billion. Marks and Spencer Group Plc has a 52 week low of GBX 307.00 and a 52 week high of GBX 397.80. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of GBX 332.19 and a 200-day moving average price of GBX 345.78.

The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 1st were given a dividend of GBX 11.90 ($0.15) per share. This is a boost from Marks and Spencer Group Plc’s previous dividend of $6.80. This represents a dividend yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 1st.

About Marks and Spencer Group Plc

Marks and Spencer Group plc (M&S) is a retailer in the United Kingdom, with over 1,380 stores around the world. The Company is the holding company of the Marks & Spencer Group of companies. The Company operates through two segments: UK and International. The UK segment consists of the United Kingdom retail business and the United Kingdom franchise operations.

Analyst Recommendations for Marks and Spencer Group Plc (LON:MKS)

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