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

Shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat 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.

Several research firms have issued reports on HF. Zacks Investment Research downgraded HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. TheStreet upgraded HFF from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of HFF in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, JMP Securities downgraded HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th.

In other HFF news, insider Michael Tepedino sold 5,808 shares of HFF stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.79, for a total transaction of $265,948.32. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 135,130 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,187,602.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 5.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB bought a new stake in shares of HFF in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $235,000. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp increased its holdings in shares of HFF by 17.9% in the 4th quarter. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp now owns 13,800 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $671,000 after acquiring an additional 2,100 shares during the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of HFF in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $858,000. BB&T Securities LLC increased its holdings in shares of HFF by 11.2% in the 4th quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 20,542 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $999,000 after acquiring an additional 2,071 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Clark Capital Management Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of HFF by 3.2% in the 4th quarter. Clark Capital Management Group Inc. now owns 54,495 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,651,000 after acquiring an additional 1,687 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.27% of the company’s stock.

HFF (NYSE HF) traded down $0.46 during trading on Friday, reaching $48.20. The company had a trading volume of 563,939 shares, compared to its average volume of 252,726. The firm has a market cap of $1,883.68, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.36 and a beta of 1.02. HFF has a 12-month low of $25.79 and a 12-month high of $51.74.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $185.29 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $186.80 million. HFF had a return on equity of 41.13% and a net margin of 15.58%. research analysts forecast that HFF will post 2.88 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 9th were issued a dividend of $1.75 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 8th. This is an increase from HFF’s previous special dividend of $1.57. This represents a yield of 0.0351053159478435%.

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HFF Company Profile

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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