Shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub cut HFF from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. ValuEngine raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating on shares of HFF in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, TheStreet cut HFF from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 17th.

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Shares of HFF (HF) opened at 37.12 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.43 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.82 and a beta of 1.21. The company’s 50-day moving average is $36.08 and its 200 day moving average is $31.72. HFF has a 12 month low of $24.84 and a 12 month high of $38.30.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.09. HFF had a return on equity of 40.20% and a net margin of 15.51%. The company had revenue of $137.36 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $127.81 million. Equities research analysts predict that HFF will post $2.29 earnings per share for the current year.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC raised its position in HFF by 19.2% in the second quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC now owns 5,064,575 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $176,095,000 after buying an additional 817,460 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in HFF by 138,312.2% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,253,407 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $117,691,000 after buying an additional 4,250,334 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in HFF by 2.8% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,349,230 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $116,454,000 after buying an additional 90,726 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its position in HFF by 10.4% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,804,217 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $77,593,000 after buying an additional 265,234 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wasatch Advisors Inc. raised its position in HFF by 6.5% in the second quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. now owns 2,328,213 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $80,952,000 after buying an additional 141,632 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.81% of the company’s stock.

About HFF

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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