HFF, Inc. (HF) Stock Rating Lowered by Morgan Stanley

HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) was downgraded by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet raised shares of HFF from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. JMP Securities reissued a “buy” rating on shares of HFF in a research report on Monday, November 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of HFF from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.50.

Shares of HFF (NYSE:HF) opened at 30.16 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $1.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.16 and a beta of 1.41. HFF has a 1-year low of $24.84 and a 1-year high of $34.39. The company’s 50 day moving average is $29.83 and its 200-day moving average is $28.72.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 23rd. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. HFF had a net margin of 15.80% and a return on equity of 43.76%. The business earned $155.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $166.75 million. On average, equities research analysts forecast that HFF will post $2.08 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a special dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, February 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, February 9th were given a $1.57 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 7th.

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A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of HF. Pacad Investment Ltd. increased its stake in HFF by 83.3% in the fourth quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 5,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the last quarter. First Bank & Trust acquired a new stake in HFF during the fourth quarter valued at about $192,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its stake in HFF by 1.7% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 7,690 shares of the company’s stock valued at $213,000 after buying an additional 130 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in HFF by 9.5% in the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 9,164 shares of the company’s stock valued at $254,000 after buying an additional 794 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in HFF during the fourth quarter valued at about $324,000. 87.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About HFF

HFF, Inc is a provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to both the users and providers of capital in the United States commercial real estate industry. The Company offers an array of capital markets services, including debt placement; investment sales; distressed debt and real estate owned advisory services; equity placement; investment banking and advisory services; loan sales, and commercial loan servicing.

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