Healthcare Trust Of America (HTA) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Media stories about Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust Of America earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.9892001130107 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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HTA has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Healthcare Trust Of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Raymond James Financial lowered Healthcare Trust Of America from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $34.00 to $30.00 in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Healthcare Trust Of America from $33.00 to $30.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered their target price on Healthcare Trust Of America from $35.00 to $32.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $31.82.

NYSE:HTA opened at $25.67 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 1.24 and a current ratio of 1.24. Healthcare Trust Of America has a 52-week low of $24.50 and a 52-week high of $33.00. The firm has a market cap of $5,161.23, a P/E ratio of 15.75, a P/E/G ratio of 3.68 and a beta of 0.20.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by ($0.22). Healthcare Trust Of America had a net margin of 10.41% and a return on equity of 2.19%. The company had revenue of $173.77 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $176.07 million. research analysts forecast that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.71 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 10th. Investors of record on Tuesday, April 3rd were paid a dividend of $0.305 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, April 2nd. This represents a $1.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.75%. Healthcare Trust Of America’s payout ratio is 74.85%.

In related news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 77,425 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.28, for a total transaction of $2,034,729.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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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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