Shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company.

HF has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded HFF from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, April 28th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating on shares of HFF in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. TheStreet downgraded HFF from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 17th. ValuEngine downgraded HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 28th.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in HFF by 17.5% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 66,022 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,997,000 after buying an additional 9,849 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in HFF by 1.4% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 14,300 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $396,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in HFF by 3,100.0% in the first quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 16,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $443,000 after buying an additional 15,500 shares during the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its stake in HFF by 2.4% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 3,880 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Old Mutual Global Investors UK Ltd. purchased a new stake in HFF during the first quarter valued at approximately $627,000. 88.81% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

HFF (NYSE:HF) remained flat at $37.00 during trading on Wednesday. 65,172 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $36.27 and its 200-day moving average is $31.90. HFF has a 52-week low of $24.84 and a 52-week high of $38.30. The firm has a market cap of $1.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.76 and a beta of 1.21.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.09. HFF had a return on equity of 40.20% and a net margin of 15.51%. The firm had revenue of $137.36 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $127.81 million. On average, analysts anticipate that HFF will post $2.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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