Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:HR) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $36.12 and last traded at $36.09, with a volume of 151,162 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $35.57.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Healthcare Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 13th. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Healthcare Realty Trust in a research report on Thursday, June 23rd. They set a “hold” rating and a $37.00 price objective on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on Healthcare Realty Trust from $31.00 to $34.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 5th. Finally, JMP Securities downgraded Healthcare Realty Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, June 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $31.25.

The company’s 50-day moving average price is $34.40 and its 200-day moving average price is $30.98. The firm has a market cap of $3.75 billion and a PE ratio of 48.99.

Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.38 earnings per share. The firm earned $100 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $99.49 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. will post $1.63 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CAO Amanda L. Callaway sold 1,173 shares of Healthcare Realty Trust stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.50, for a total value of $39,295.50. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 4,733 shares in the company, valued at approximately $158,555.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its stake in Healthcare Realty Trust by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 90,194 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,554,000 after buying an additional 723 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. raised its position in Healthcare Realty Trust by 2,666.9% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 84,418 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,390,000 after buying an additional 81,367 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in Healthcare Realty Trust by 488.8% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 216,163 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $6,122,000 after buying an additional 179,448 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in Healthcare Realty Trust by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 167,286 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $4,738,000 after buying an additional 5,535 shares during the period. Finally, ProShare Advisors LLC raised its position in Healthcare Realty Trust by 21.9% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 53,476 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,514,000 after buying an additional 9,599 shares during the period.

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (Healthcare Realty) is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company owns, manages, finances and develops income-producing real estate properties associated with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services throughout the United States.

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