Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL decreased its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) by 61.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 124,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 200,700 shares during the period. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL owned approximately 0.06% of Healthcare Trust of America worth $3,861,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 15.1% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 678,084 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $21,333,000 after buying an additional 88,903 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 49.4% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 365,861 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $11,510,000 after buying an additional 120,948 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 6.0% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 8,523 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $268,000 after buying an additional 485 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 0.8% in the first quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 72,019 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,266,000 after buying an additional 600 shares during the period. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp boosted its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 4.8% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 71,604 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,228,000 after buying an additional 3,267 shares during the period. 70.89% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE HTA) opened at 30.67 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $30.13 and a 200-day moving average of $30.99. Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. has a 52 week low of $26.34 and a 52 week high of $34.64. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 150.34 and a beta of 0.32.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39. The business had revenue of $139.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $133.69 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 6.07% and a return on equity of 1.42%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.38 EPS. Analysts expect that Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. will post $0.25 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.305 per share. This represents a $1.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.98%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 29th. This is an increase from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio is currently 571.43%.

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Several research analysts have commented on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC upped their target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $35.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $33.00 to $35.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. FBR & Co assumed coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. They issued a “mkt perform” rating and a $32.00 target price for the company. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $35.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.14.

In other Healthcare Trust of America news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 55,240 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.06, for a total transaction of $1,770,994.40. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 405,092 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,987,249.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

About Healthcare Trust of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner and operator of medical office buildings (MOBs) in the United States. The Company focuses on owning and operating MOBs that serve healthcare delivery and are located on health system campuses, near university medical centers, or in community core outpatient locations.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA)

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