HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) was upgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

HF has been the topic of several other research reports. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Friday, March 17th. William Blair downgraded shares of HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, March 24th. TheStreet downgraded shares of HFF from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of HFF from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. HFF presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.00.

Shares of HFF (HF) traded up 1.17% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $34.67. 232,321 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. HFF has a 12-month low of $24.84 and a 12-month high of $34.80. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $31.71 and its 200-day moving average is $29.90. The stock has a market cap of $1.34 billion, a PE ratio of 16.29 and a beta of 1.22.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.19. HFF had a net margin of 15.40% and a return on equity of 40.35%. The business had revenue of $138.81 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $124.68 million. On average, equities analysts expect that HFF will post $2.19 EPS for the current year.

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In related news, insider Matthew D. Lawton sold 16,335 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.55, for a total value of $515,369.25. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 268,576 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,473,572.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of HF. State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in HFF by 2.4% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 3,880 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 90 shares in the last quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. boosted its position in shares of HFF by 83.3% in the fourth quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 5,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the last quarter. First Bank & Trust boosted its position in shares of HFF by 4.6% in the first quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 6,631 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $183,000 after buying an additional 292 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in shares of HFF by 10.6% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 7,064 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $195,000 after buying an additional 678 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mason Street Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of HFF by 7.4% in the first quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 8,224 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $228,000 after buying an additional 567 shares during the last quarter. 88.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

HFF Company Profile

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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