HFF (NYSE:HF) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Thursday.

HF has been the subject of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. JMP Securities cut shares of HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, William Blair reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of HFF in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. HFF has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.50.

HFF (HF) traded down $0.56 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $43.40. 313,886 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 240,455. HFF has a 52 week low of $25.79 and a 52 week high of $51.74. The company has a market cap of $1,762.31, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.46 and a beta of 1.01.

In other news, Director Zarraga Manuel A. De sold 40,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.19, for a total value of $1,767,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 227,923 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,071,917.37. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Gerard T. Sansosti sold 15,750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.08, for a total transaction of $694,260.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 118,095 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,205,627.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 113,959 shares of company stock valued at $5,061,936. Corporate insiders own 5.70% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Advisor Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of HFF by 16.7% in the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,040 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $102,000 after purchasing an additional 434 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of HFF in the 3rd quarter worth about $122,000. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. lifted its position in shares of HFF by 9.8% in the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 3,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after purchasing an additional 289 shares during the period. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of HFF by 182.5% in the 4th quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,486 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $170,000 after purchasing an additional 2,252 shares during the period. Finally, Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc purchased a new position in HFF during the 2nd quarter valued at about $129,000. 88.20% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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