HFF (NYSE:HF) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds

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News stories about HFF (NYSE:HF) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HFF earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.0330238777654 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

HF has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research lowered HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. TheStreet upgraded HFF from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. JMP Securities downgraded HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Goldman Sachs began coverage on HFF in a research note on Tuesday. They issued a “sell” rating and a $41.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.00.

Shares of HFF stock traded down $0.20 during trading on Friday, reaching $46.40. 286,977 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 271,297. HFF has a 1-year low of $26.20 and a 1-year high of $51.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,749.68, a P/E ratio of 18.93 and a beta of 0.92.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.85 by $0.08. HFF had a return on equity of 41.13% and a net margin of 15.58%. The business had revenue of $185.29 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $186.80 million. research analysts anticipate that HFF will post 2.88 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, insider Michael Tepedino sold 5,808 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.79, for a total value of $265,948.32. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 135,130 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,187,602.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Matthew D. Lawton sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.61, for a total value of $486,100.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 262,165 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,743,840.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 35,808 shares of company stock worth $1,720,998. Corporate insiders own 5.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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