HFF, Inc. (HF) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages

Shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the eight brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on HF shares. ValuEngine raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. William Blair reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of HFF in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, JMP Securities downgraded HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th.

In other HFF news, insider Matthew D. Lawton sold 16,365 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.33, for a total transaction of $725,460.45. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 252,211 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,180,513.63. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director John Fowler sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.12, for a total value of $676,800.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 246,878 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,139,135.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 88,865 shares of company stock worth $3,958,060. Company insiders own 5.70% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in HFF by 5.7% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 305,378 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $14,853,000 after buying an additional 16,387 shares during the last quarter. Yorktown Management & Research Co Inc acquired a new position in HFF during the fourth quarter worth approximately $331,000. Spark Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in HFF during the fourth quarter worth approximately $243,000. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership acquired a new position in HFF during the fourth quarter worth approximately $9,356,000. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new position in HFF during the fourth quarter worth approximately $577,000. 88.06% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of HFF (NYSE:HF) opened at $45.02 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,717.95, a PE ratio of 20.19 and a beta of 1.01. HFF has a 12-month low of $25.79 and a 12-month high of $51.74.

The business also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be given a $1.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.0351053159478435%. This is an increase from HFF’s previous special dividend of $1.57.

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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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