News coverage about Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Realty Trust earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.38 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by ($0.01). Healthcare Realty Trust had a net margin of 28.98% and a return on equity of 7.38%. The company had revenue of $106.95 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $108.97 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.39 earnings per share. Healthcare Realty Trust’s revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.72%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 15th. Healthcare Realty Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 114.29%.

Several brokerages recently commented on HR. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Healthcare Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 13th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Healthcare Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. KeyCorp reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $25.00 price target on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a research note on Friday, August 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.29.

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In related news, Director John Knox Singleton purchased 3,450 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $31.88 per share, for a total transaction of $109,986.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 17,693 shares in the company, valued at $564,052.84. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 1.85% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Healthcare Realty Trust Company Profile

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, leases, manages, acquires, finances, develops and redevelops real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services across the United States.

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