ValuEngine upgraded shares of HFF (NYSE:HF) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Thursday morning.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on HF. William Blair reissued a market perform rating on shares of HFF in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of HFF from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, JMP Securities cut shares of HFF from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $38.50.

HFF (HF) opened at $44.42 on Thursday. HFF has a twelve month low of $25.79 and a twelve month high of $51.74. The stock has a market cap of $1,713.72, a PE ratio of 19.92 and a beta of 1.01.

The firm also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 9th will be issued a $1.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. This represents a yield of 0.0351053159478435%. This is a boost from HFF’s previous special dividend of $1.57.

In other HFF news, insider Matthew D. Lawton sold 16,365 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.33, for a total value of $725,460.45. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 252,211 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,180,513.63. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Michael Tepedino sold 8,943 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.83, for a total transaction of $391,971.69. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 151,481 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,639,412.23. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 97,808 shares of company stock worth $4,350,032 in the last three months. 5.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in shares of HFF by 1.2% during the second quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 12,548 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $436,000 after buying an additional 150 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its holdings in shares of HFF by 9.8% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 3,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 289 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its holdings in shares of HFF by 0.3% during the second quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 87,900 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,056,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its holdings in shares of HFF by 1.3% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 28,502 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $991,000 after buying an additional 360 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of HFF by 16.7% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,040 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 434 shares during the last quarter. 88.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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HFF Company Profile

HFF, Inc is a holding company. The Company holds the partnership interests in Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. and HFF Securities L.P. (together, the Operating Partnerships), held through the subsidiary HFF Partnership Holdings, LLC, and all of the outstanding shares of Holliday GP Corp. (Holliday GP).

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