HFF, Inc. (HF) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $41.00.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. TheStreet upgraded HFF from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. ValuEngine upgraded HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, July 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered HFF from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of HF. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of HFF by 10.4% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,150,489 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $176,919,000 after buying an additional 484,003 shares in the last quarter. Cooke & Bieler LP grew its stake in shares of HFF by 285.6% in the second quarter. Cooke & Bieler LP now owns 458,190 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $15,739,000 after buying an additional 339,380 shares in the last quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC grew its stake in shares of HFF by 5.7% in the first quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC now owns 6,090,858 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $302,716,000 after buying an additional 330,902 shares in the last quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. grew its stake in shares of HFF by 8.5% in the second quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. now owns 1,810,143 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $62,178,000 after buying an additional 141,843 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Millennium Management LLC grew its stake in shares of HFF by 181.0% in the first quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 158,186 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $7,862,000 after buying an additional 101,889 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.69% of the company’s stock.



NYSE:HF traded up $0.83 on Thursday, hitting $44.50. 338,100 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 294,701. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.73 billion, a PE ratio of 18.03 and a beta of 0.99. HFF has a fifty-two week low of $32.99 and a fifty-two week high of $51.74.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $153.73 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $139.00 million. HFF had a return on equity of 37.50% and a net margin of 15.72%. research analysts predict that HFF will post 2.63 EPS for the current year.

HFF Company Profile

HFF, Inc provides commercial real estate and capital market services to the users and providers of capital primarily in the United States commercial real estate industry. The company offers debt placement services, such as construction and construction/mini-permanent loans, adjustable and fixed rate mortgages, entity level debts, mezzanine debts, forward delivery loans, tax exempt financing, and sale/leaseback financing to the owners of various properties comprising office, retail, industrial, hotel, multi-housing, student housing, self-storage, senior living, independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, condominiums and condominium conversions, mixed-use properties, and land.

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