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

Several analysts recently commented on HF shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, July 31st.

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In other HFF news, CEO Mark Gibson sold 37,331 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.19, for a total transaction of $1,388,339.89. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 518,956 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,299,973.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, President Joe Thornton, Jr. sold 20,520 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.92, for a total transaction of $798,638.40. Following the transaction, the president now owns 455,224 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,717,318.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 245,064 shares of company stock valued at $9,280,216. 5.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in HF. First Trust Advisors LP purchased a new position in HFF during the 1st quarter worth $722,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its position in HFF by 3.3% during the 1st quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 608,771 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $16,845,000 after buying an additional 19,310 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in HFF by 10.6% during the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 7,064 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $195,000 after buying an additional 678 shares during the last quarter. Comerica Bank raised its position in HFF by 4.4% during the 1st quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 39,903 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,272,000 after buying an additional 1,674 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank raised its position in HFF by 2.8% during the 1st quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 59,600 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,649,000 after buying an additional 1,600 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 87.11% of the company’s stock.

HFF (HF) opened at 41.60 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $1.60 billion, a PE ratio of 18.85 and a beta of 1.18. HFF has a one year low of $24.84 and a one year high of $41.85. The company’s 50 day moving average is $38.48 and its 200 day moving average is $33.97.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.09. HFF had a net margin of 15.51% and a return on equity of 40.20%. The firm had revenue of $137.36 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $127.81 million. On average, equities research analysts expect that HFF will post $2.29 EPS for the current year.

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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