HFF (NYSE:HF) Rating Increased to B at TheStreet

HFF (NYSE:HF) was upgraded by stock analysts at TheStreet from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, December 17th.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded HFF from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 19th. ValuEngine downgraded HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, September 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $41.00.

HFF stock traded up $0.54 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $37.31. The company had a trading volume of 146,551 shares, compared to its average volume of 180,206. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.19 and a beta of 1.36. HFF has a 12-month low of $31.38 and a 12-month high of $51.74.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $161.39 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $154.60 million. HFF had a return on equity of 38.66% and a net margin of 16.66%. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that HFF will post 2.67 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of HF. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in HFF by 10.4% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,150,489 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $176,919,000 after acquiring an additional 484,003 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc grew its holdings in HFF by 7.8% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 5,866,032 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $249,189,000 after purchasing an additional 425,524 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in HFF by 7.8% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,866,032 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $249,189,000 after purchasing an additional 425,524 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. bought a new stake in HFF during the third quarter valued at about $15,234,000. Finally, BTIM Corp. bought a new stake in HFF during the third quarter valued at about $12,822,000. Institutional investors own 89.71% of the company’s stock.

HFF Company Profile

HFF, Inc provides commercial real estate and capital market services to the users and providers of capital primarily in the United States commercial real estate industry. The company offers debt placement services, such as construction and construction/mini-permanent loans, adjustable and fixed rate mortgages, entity level debts, mezzanine debts, forward delivery loans, tax exempt financing, and sale/leaseback financing to the owners of various properties comprising office, retail, industrial, hotel, multi-housing, student housing, self-storage, senior living, independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, condominiums and condominium conversions, mixed-use properties, and land.

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