Headlines about HFF (NYSE:HF) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HFF earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.1767047674292 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on HF shares. JMP Securities cut HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. ValuEngine raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, William Blair reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of HFF in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $38.50.

HFF (HF) opened at $44.53 on Tuesday. HFF has a 52 week low of $25.79 and a 52 week high of $51.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,713.70, a P/E ratio of 19.92 and a beta of 1.01.

The company also recently disclosed a special dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be paid a $1.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date 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 related news, Director John Fowler sold 17,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.04, for a total value of $788,200.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 229,378 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,331,185.12. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Zarraga Manuel A. De sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.19, for a total value of $1,767,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 227,923 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,071,917.37. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 88,865 shares of company stock worth $3,958,060. 5.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About HFF

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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