Positive News Coverage Very Likely to Affect Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) Share Price

News headlines about Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) have trended positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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. Healthcare Trust of America earned a media sentiment score of 0.43 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 83 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) opened at 29.97 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $31.54 and its 200-day moving average is $30.70. Healthcare Trust of America has a 12-month low of $26.34 and a 12-month high of $34.64. The firm has a market cap of $4.31 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 88.15 and a beta of 0.32.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41. The business had revenue of $124.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $122.79 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 10.38% and a return on equity of 2.63%. Healthcare Trust of America’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.40 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Healthcare Trust of America will post $0.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 11th. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 5th were given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 30th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.00%. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio is 363.64%.

A number of research firms recently commented on HTA. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday. UBS AG upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday. Stifel Nicolaus dropped their target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $36.00 to $34.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. FBR & Co began coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. They issued a “mkt perform” rating and a $32.00 target price on the stock. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Healthcare Trust of America has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.30.

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In other news, Director Daniel S. Henson purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 5th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $29.74 per share, for a total transaction of $297,400.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,741 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $408,657.34. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 65,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.63, for a total transaction of $1,925,950.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 460,332 shares in the company, valued at $13,639,637.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

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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