Shares of Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $30.57.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 16th. Cfra cut shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a research report on Tuesday, October 29th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 17th. Finally, Berenberg Bank assumed coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a research report on Thursday, September 12th. They set a “buy” rating and a $33.00 price objective on the stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 3.8% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 8,739,501 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $239,724,000 after purchasing an additional 317,695 shares in the last quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 4,607.6% in the second quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 4,844,773 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $132,892,000 after purchasing an additional 4,741,860 shares in the last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 0.7% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 4,125,270 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $113,156,000 after purchasing an additional 27,484 shares in the last quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 351.7% in the second quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 3,372,226 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $92,500,000 after purchasing an additional 2,625,737 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Echo Street Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 45.1% in the second quarter. Echo Street Capital Management LLC now owns 2,843,642 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $78,001,000 after purchasing an additional 883,572 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.60% of the company’s stock.

NYSE HTA traded up $0.21 on Friday, reaching $29.09. 2,777,311 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,400,294. Healthcare Trust Of America has a one year low of $24.21 and a one year high of $31.57. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.01 billion, a PE ratio of 17.96, a PEG ratio of 5.42 and a beta of 0.27. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $29.75 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $28.39. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.36). Healthcare Trust Of America had a return on equity of 1.80% and a net margin of 5.31%. The firm had revenue of $175.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $174.45 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.41 EPS. Healthcare Trust Of America’s revenue was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts forecast that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.64 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.315 per share. This represents a $1.26 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 31st. Healthcare Trust Of America’s payout ratio is currently 77.78%.

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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