ValuEngine downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Thursday, ValuEngine reports.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the company. SunTrust Banks cut their target price on Healthcare Trust Of America from $33.00 to $27.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 23rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their price objective on Healthcare Trust Of America from $33.00 to $27.00 and set an overweight rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, June 25th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $38.00 price target on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a report on Wednesday, May 6th. Finally, Citigroup reduced their price objective on Healthcare Trust Of America from $34.00 to $25.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Healthcare Trust Of America has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $30.50.

Shares of NYSE HTA traded down $0.28 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $26.66. 1,238,276 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,794,188. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.82 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 166.64 and a beta of 0.59. The business has a fifty day simple moving average of $26.62 and a 200 day simple moving average of $28.17. Healthcare Trust Of America has a twelve month low of $20.61 and a twelve month high of $34.22.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 5th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.33). Healthcare Trust Of America had a return on equity of 1.71% and a net margin of 4.88%. The firm had revenue of $185.78 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $182.57 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. Healthcare Trust Of America’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts predict that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.66 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 9th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, July 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.315 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 1st. This represents a $1.26 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.73%. Healthcare Trust Of America’s payout ratio is 76.83%.

In related news, CFO Robert A. Milligan acquired 2,000 shares of Healthcare Trust Of America stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 15th. The stock was bought at an average price of $23.75 per share, with a total value of $47,500.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 170,212 shares in the company, valued at $4,042,535. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Capital Bank & Trust Co purchased a new position in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Verus Capital Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in the fourth quarter worth $30,000. Private Capital Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America by 97.3% during the 1st quarter. Private Capital Group LLC now owns 1,178 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $29,000 after buying an additional 581 shares during the last quarter. ERTS Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Healthcare Trust Of America during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $30,000. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp purchased a new position in shares of Healthcare Trust Of America during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $37,000. Institutional investors own 99.22% of the company’s stock.

Healthcare Trust Of America Company Profile

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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