Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group lifted their FY2018 earnings estimates for Healthcare Trust of America in a research report issued on Monday. Jefferies Group analyst O. Okusanya now expects that the real estate investment trust will post earnings of $1.72 per share for the year, up from their prior estimate of $1.71. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $34.00 price objective on the stock.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last posted its earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39. The company had revenue of $139.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $133.69 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a return on equity of 1.42% and a net margin of 6.07%. Healthcare Trust of America’s quarterly revenue was up 23.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.38 earnings per share.

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Other equities analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 27th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $35.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $33.00 to $35.00 in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. FBR & Co assumed coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. They issued a “mkt perform” rating and a $32.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.00.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE HTA) traded down 0.3680% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $29.8099. The company had a trading volume of 505,309 shares. Healthcare Trust of America has a 1-year low of $26.34 and a 1-year high of $33.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.98 billion, a PE ratio of 146.1270 and a beta of 0.30. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $30.42 and a 200-day moving average price of $30.87.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Westpac Banking Corp acquired a new stake in Healthcare Trust of America in the second quarter valued at approximately $7,499,000. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 39.9% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 532,683 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $16,572,000 after acquiring an additional 151,890 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE boosted its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 1,142.9% in the second quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 4,350 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $135,000 after acquiring an additional 4,000 shares in the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 1.2% in the second quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 218,252 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $6,790,000 after acquiring an additional 2,544 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 36.5% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 318,786 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $9,917,000 after acquiring an additional 85,200 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 97.55% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 6th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.305 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 29th. This is an increase from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.08%. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 580.95%.

About Healthcare Trust of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner and operator of medical office buildings (MOBs) in the United States. The Company focuses on owning and operating MOBs that serve healthcare delivery and are located on health system campuses, near university medical centers, or in community core outpatient locations.

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