News stories about Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Highwoods Properties earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.0509438866512 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on HIW shares. SunTrust Banks set a $52.00 price objective on shares of Highwoods Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Edward Jones lowered shares of Highwoods Properties from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Bank of America raised their price target on shares of Highwoods Properties from $57.00 to $58.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Highwoods Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $54.80.

Highwoods Properties (NYSE HIW) traded up $0.24 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $48.04. 952,562 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 601,109. Highwoods Properties has a 52-week low of $47.63 and a 52-week high of $53.34. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,960.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.96 and a beta of 0.87.

Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.86 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.54. Highwoods Properties had a net margin of 22.02% and a return on equity of 7.09%. The firm had revenue of $180.19 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $177.15 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.82 earnings per share. Highwoods Properties’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Highwoods Properties will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Sherry A. Kellett sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.64, for a total value of $101,280.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 13,744 shares in the company, valued at $695,996.16. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Sherry A. Kellett sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.70, for a total transaction of $51,700.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 11,744 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $607,164.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.90% of the company’s stock.

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Highwoods Properties Company Profile

Highwoods Properties, Inc is an office real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is the operation, acquisition and development of office properties. The Company’s segments include Office and Other. The Company owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Greensboro, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond and Tampa.

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