Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE:HR) was the target of a significant increase in short interest in October. As of October 31st, there was short interest totalling 5,241,397 shares, an increase of 49.8% from the October 13th total of 3,498,754 shares. Currently, 4.3% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 730,548 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 7.2 days.

Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) opened at $32.16 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $4,117.63, a P/E ratio of 21.00, a PEG ratio of 5.24 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 2.82 and a quick ratio of 2.82. Healthcare Realty Trust has a 12-month low of $28.29 and a 12-month high of $36.25.

Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.39 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $106.95 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $108.97 million. Healthcare Realty Trust had a return on equity of 6.62% and a net margin of 26.70%. Healthcare Realty Trust’s revenue was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.39 EPS. research analysts expect that Healthcare Realty Trust will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 16th will be issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.73%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 15th. Healthcare Realty Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 123.71%.

In other Healthcare Realty Trust news, Director John Knox Singleton acquired 3,074 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $32.55 per share, for a total transaction of $100,058.70. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 1.85% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Fiduciary Trust Co. bought a new stake in Healthcare Realty Trust during the 2nd quarter valued at $113,000. Quantbot Technologies LP bought a new stake in Healthcare Realty Trust during the 3rd quarter valued at $130,000. Pacad Investment Ltd. raised its stake in Healthcare Realty Trust by 41.2% during the 2nd quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 4,800 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $164,000 after acquiring an additional 1,400 shares in the last quarter. Huntington National Bank raised its stake in Healthcare Realty Trust by 36.7% during the 2nd quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 5,193 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $177,000 after acquiring an additional 1,393 shares in the last quarter. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in Healthcare Realty Trust by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 6,219 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $212,000 after acquiring an additional 72 shares in the last quarter. 90.26% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on HR shares. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a research report on Tuesday, August 15th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $34.00 target price on shares of Healthcare Realty Trust in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. TheStreet lowered Healthcare Realty Trust from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Healthcare Realty Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Healthcare Realty Trust currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.29.

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About Healthcare Realty Trust

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, leases, manages, acquires, finances, develops and redevelops real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services across the United States.

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