Utah Retirement Systems grew its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) by 37.7% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 41,127 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 11,261 shares during the period. Utah Retirement Systems’ holdings in Healthcare Trust of America were worth $1,279,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 0.4% during the 1st quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 7,300 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $229,000 after buying an additional 29 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas boosted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 11,163 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $351,000 after buying an additional 171 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 0.3% during the 1st quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 62,418 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,964,000 after buying an additional 185 shares in the last quarter. Shepherd Financial Partners LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 2.3% during the 1st quarter. Shepherd Financial Partners LLC now owns 14,028 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $444,000 after buying an additional 318 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its holdings in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 6.0% during the 1st quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 8,523 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $268,000 after buying an additional 485 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.56% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on HTA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub cut Healthcare Trust of America from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Jefferies Group LLC upgraded Healthcare Trust of America to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, June 5th. TheStreet cut Healthcare Trust of America from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, UBS AG upgraded Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.14.

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) opened at 31.37 on Thursday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $30.34 and a 200-day moving average price of $31.04. Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. has a one year low of $26.34 and a one year high of $34.50. The company has a market capitalization of $6.30 billion, a PE ratio of 153.77 and a beta of 0.32.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39. Healthcare Trust of America had a return on equity of 1.42% and a net margin of 6.07%. The business had revenue of $139.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $133.69 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.38 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 23.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. will post $0.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 2nd will be issued a $0.305 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 29th. This is an increase from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.89%. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 571.43%.

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In other news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 55,240 shares of Healthcare Trust of America stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.06, for a total value of $1,770,994.40. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 405,092 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,987,249.52. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

Healthcare Trust of America Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA)

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