Healthcare Trust of America Inc. (NYSE:HTA) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $33.25 and last traded at $33.21, with a volume of 121,357 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $32.95.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 18th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price target on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $29.00 to $31.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. Finally, Wunderlich reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $28.50 price target (up previously from $25.00) on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Wednesday, April 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.39.

The firm has a 50 day moving average of $31.98 and a 200-day moving average of $29.38. The stock has a market cap of $4.53 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 117.14.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 8th. Investors of record on Friday, July 1st were paid a $0.295 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 29th. This represents a $1.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.56%.

Other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. boosted its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 74,211 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,001,000 after buying an additional 1,472 shares in the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 11.9% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 45,902 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,238,000 after buying an additional 4,876 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 87,833 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,369,000 after buying an additional 1,835 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 334.7% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 201,911 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $5,446,000 after buying an additional 155,459 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of Healthcare Trust of America by 186.4% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 103,369 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,788,000 after buying an additional 67,277 shares in the last quarter.

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc (HTA) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through investing in healthcare real estate assets segment. The primary objective is to generate stockholder value through consistent and growing dividends and appreciation of real estate value.

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