Healthcare Trust of America Inc. (NYSE:HTA) hit a new 52-week high on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $33.77 and last traded at $33.51, with a volume of 547,895 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $32.71.

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

The firm has a market capitalization of $4.58 billion and a P/E ratio of 118.37. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $32.19 and its 200-day moving average price is $29.52.

A number of large investors have bought and sold shares of HTA. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its stake in 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 during the period. Swiss National Bank boosted its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 169,186 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $4,563,000 after buying an additional 2,100 shares during the period. Sei Investments Co. boosted its stake in 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 during the period. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in 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 during the period. Finally, Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. boosted its stake 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 during the period.

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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