HFF, Inc. (HF) Upgraded to B at TheStreet

TheStreet upgraded shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) from a c rating to a b rating in a research report report published on Wednesday morning.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on HF. JMP Securities reiterated a buy rating on shares of HFF in a report on Monday, November 21st. Zacks Investment Research cut HFF from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, February 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $33.50.

Shares of HFF (NYSE:HF) opened at 30.16 on Wednesday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $29.83 and its 200 day moving average price is $28.72. The company has a market cap of $1.15 billion, a PE ratio of 15.16 and a beta of 1.41. HFF has a 12 month low of $24.84 and a 12 month high of $34.39.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 23rd. The company reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.07. HFF had a net margin of 15.80% and a return on equity of 43.76%. The business earned $155.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $166.75 million. Equities research analysts anticipate that HFF will post $2.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently announced a special dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, February 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 9th were given a $1.57 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 7th.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its stake in shares of HFF by 3.6% in the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 45,209 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,252,000 after buying an additional 1,564 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of HFF by 1.3% in the third quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 15,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $429,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Albert D Mason Inc. raised its stake in shares of HFF by 61.2% in the third quarter. Albert D Mason Inc. now owns 23,960 shares of the company’s stock worth $663,000 after buying an additional 9,100 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio raised its stake in shares of HFF by 0.8% in the third quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 181,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,022,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in shares of HFF by 13.8% in the third quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 49,152 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,360,000 after buying an additional 5,964 shares during the last quarter. 87.34% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About HFF

HFF, Inc is a provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to both the users and providers of capital in the United States commercial real estate industry. The Company offers an array of capital markets services, including debt placement; investment sales; distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services; equity placement; investment banking and advisory services; loan sales, and commercial loan servicing.

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