Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) Earning Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

News stories about Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) have trended positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust of America earned a daily sentiment score of 0.29 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 89 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA)

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on HTA. Zacks Investment Research lowered Healthcare Trust of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Wells Fargo & Company restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $35.00 target price (up previously from $33.50) on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Friday. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. Jefferies Group LLC upgraded Healthcare Trust of America to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, June 5th. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc restated a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Thursday, May 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.38.

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) traded up 0.34% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $32.00. The company had a trading volume of 1,165,453 shares. Healthcare Trust of America has a one year low of $26.34 and a one year high of $34.64. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $31.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $30.44. The company has a market capitalization of $4.60 billion, a P/E ratio of 94.12 and a beta of 0.32.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.41. The business had revenue of $124.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $122.79 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 10.38% and a return on equity of 2.63%. The firm’s revenue was up 15.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.40 EPS. Analysts predict that Healthcare Trust of America will post $0.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, July 11th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, July 5th will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 30th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.76%. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 363.64%.

In other Healthcare Trust of America news, Director Daniel S. Henson purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 5th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $29.74 per share, with a total value of $297,400.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,741 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $408,657.34. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 65,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.63, for a total transaction of $1,925,950.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 460,332 shares in the company, valued at $13,639,637.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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