Shares of Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $30.00.

Several brokerages have recently commented on HTA. Citigroup set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Forum Energy Technologies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Green Plains Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Raymond James reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on shares of Stantec in a research report on Monday, May 13th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reduced their price objective on shares of CVS Health from $85.00 to $65.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 10th.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in HTA. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 32.9% in the 4th quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 17,370 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $440,000 after purchasing an additional 4,300 shares in the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 26.9% in the 4th quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 3,646 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $93,000 after purchasing an additional 772 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 53.8% in the 4th quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 39,722 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $968,000 after purchasing an additional 13,889 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 0.8% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,128,984 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $79,195,000 after purchasing an additional 25,998 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stifel Financial Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 3.8% in the 4th quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 66,207 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,714,000 after purchasing an additional 2,435 shares in the last quarter. 90.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NYSE:HTA traded up $0.05 on Thursday, reaching $26.98. 17,920 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,177,330. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.65, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.96 and a beta of 0.34. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $27.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41. Healthcare Trust Of America has a 1-year low of $24.21 and a 1-year high of $29.39.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 23rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.33). The company had revenue of $171.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $171.38 million. Healthcare Trust Of America had a return on equity of 6.73% and a net margin of 31.68%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.41 EPS. On average, sell-side analysts predict that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.64 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 10th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.315 per share. This is an increase from Healthcare Trust Of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, October 2nd. This represents a $1.26 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.67%. Healthcare Trust Of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.54%.

Healthcare Trust Of America Company Profile

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of MOBs in the United States, comprising approximately 23.2 million square feet of GLA, with $6.8 billion invested primarily in MOBs. HTA provides real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly-desirable locations.

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