News coverage about Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) has trended positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust of America earned a news impact score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.1007723248829 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on HTA. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. BidaskClub raised shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Raymond James Financial, Inc. raised shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, UBS AG raised shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.14.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) opened at 30.79 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $6.18 billion, a P/E ratio of 150.93 and a beta of 0.32. Healthcare Trust of America has a 52 week low of $26.34 and a 52 week high of $34.35. The company has a 50-day moving average of $30.46 and a 200 day moving average of $31.04.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.39. The company had revenue of $139.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $133.69 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 6.07% and a return on equity of 1.42%. Healthcare Trust of America’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.38 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that Healthcare Trust of America will post $0.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Investors of record on Monday, October 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.305 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 29th. This represents a $1.22 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.96%. This is a boost from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Healthcare Trust of America’s payout ratio is currently 571.43%.

In other Healthcare Trust of America news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 55,240 shares of Healthcare Trust of America stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.06, for a total transaction of $1,770,994.40. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 405,092 shares in the company, valued at $12,987,249.52. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 1.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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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