Shares of Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twelve brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $30.57.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on HTA shares. Citigroup started coverage on Healthcare Trust Of America in a research note on Thursday, June 20th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $29.00 target price on the stock. Berenberg Bank started coverage on Healthcare Trust Of America in a research note on Thursday. They set a “buy” rating and a $33.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Healthcare Trust Of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 26th.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 0.7% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 14,848,227 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $424,510,000 after buying an additional 99,352 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 11.0% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 11,809,463 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $337,633,000 after buying an additional 1,174,744 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 20.9% during the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 9,802,745 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $280,261,000 after buying an additional 1,695,714 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 2.0% during the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 8,922,023 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $255,080,000 after buying an additional 171,474 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 3.8% during the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 8,739,501 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $239,724,000 after buying an additional 317,695 shares during the last quarter. 91.29% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

NYSE HTA traded down $0.39 on Friday, hitting $27.90. 11,743 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,099,309. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $27.76 and its 200-day moving average price is $28.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.41. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.72 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.22, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.16 and a beta of 0.30. Healthcare Trust Of America has a twelve month low of $24.21 and a twelve month high of $29.39.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 23rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.33). Healthcare Trust Of America had a return on equity of 6.73% and a net margin of 31.68%. The company had revenue of $171.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $171.38 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.41 EPS. Healthcare Trust Of America’s quarterly revenue was down .9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts expect that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.64 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 10th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.315 per share. This represents a $1.26 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.52%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 2nd. This is a boost from Healthcare Trust Of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. Healthcare Trust Of America’s payout ratio is 76.54%.

About Healthcare Trust Of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of MOBs in the United States, comprising approximately 23.2 million square feet of GLA, with $6.8 billion invested primarily in MOBs. HTA provides real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly-desirable locations.

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