Shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust Inc (NYSE:HCFT) have been given an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the one brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

Brokers have set a 1 year consensus price objective of $3.75 for the company, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Hunt Companies Finance Trust an industry rank of 177 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Separately, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Citadel Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust during the 2nd quarter valued at about $45,000. Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust during the 4th quarter valued at about $59,000. State Street Corp grew its position in shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust by 6.9% during the 3rd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 59,628 shares of the company’s stock valued at $205,000 after buying an additional 3,871 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust during the 4th quarter valued at about $230,000. Finally, AE Wealth Management LLC grew its position in shares of Hunt Companies Finance Trust by 18.6% during the 4th quarter. AE Wealth Management LLC now owns 85,204 shares of the company’s stock valued at $275,000 after buying an additional 13,389 shares during the last quarter. 41.87% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

HCFT stock remained flat at $$3.29 during trading on Friday. 182,100 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 49,190. Hunt Companies Finance Trust has a 52-week low of $3.17 and a 52-week high of $3.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.99, a current ratio of 26.74 and a quick ratio of 26.74. The firm has a market capitalization of $77.22 million, a P/E ratio of 82.25 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a fifty day moving average of $3.26 and a two-hundred day moving average of $3.29.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, December 31st were given a dividend of $0.075 per share. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 9.12%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, December 30th. Hunt Companies Finance Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently -96.77%.

About Hunt Companies Finance Trust

Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc, a real estate specialty finance company, focuses on investing in portfolio mortgage-backed securities (MBS), mortgages, and other real estate related assets. It invests in agency and non-agency residential MBS, multi-family MBS, mortgage-servicing rights, and other mortgage-related investments.

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