Shares of Healthcare Trust of America Inc. (NYSE:HTA) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the firm. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $31.33.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. upped their price target on Healthcare Trust of America from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 2nd. Wunderlich upped their price target on Healthcare Trust of America from $28.50 to $31.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 19th. Mizuho dropped their price target on Healthcare Trust of America from $34.00 to $28.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 8th. Finally, BTIG Research began coverage on Healthcare Trust of America in a research report on Thursday, August 25th. They set a “buy” rating and a $37.00 price target on the stock.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) traded up 0.98% on Wednesday, reaching $31.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 157,061 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $32.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $31.52. Healthcare Trust of America has a 52-week low of $23.98 and a 52-week high of $34.64. The firm has a market cap of $4.28 billion, a PE ratio of 102.99 and a beta of 0.28.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.01. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 9.32% and a return on equity of 2.73%. The firm had revenue of $113 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $108.61 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.38 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Healthcare Trust of America will post $1.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 7th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 3rd were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 29th. This is a positive change from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.91%. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio is 400.00%.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Aperio Group LLC raised its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 35.1% in the first quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 13,531 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $398,000 after buying an additional 3,518 shares during the period. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 39.2% in the first quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 482,205 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $14,186,000 after buying an additional 135,732 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 18.2% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 134,372 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $3,954,000 after buying an additional 20,678 shares during the period. BlackRock Group LTD raised its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 4.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 885,056 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $26,038,000 after buying an additional 40,958 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 0.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 4,133,297 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $121,602,000 after buying an additional 36,932 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.57% of the company’s stock.

About Healthcare Trust of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc (HTA) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through investing in healthcare real estate assets segment. The primary objective is to generate stockholder value through consistent and growing dividends and appreciation of real estate value.

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