Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:HR) dropped 1.9% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $35.26 and last traded at $35.27, with a volume of 185,795 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $35.94.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Healthcare Realty Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 13th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on Healthcare Realty Trust from $31.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, May 5th. JMP Securities downgraded Healthcare Realty Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $29.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, June 22nd. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Healthcare Realty Trust in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. They set a “hold” rating and a $37.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Mizuho increased their price objective on Healthcare Realty Trust from $29.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $32.13.

The company has a market capitalization of $4.11 billion and a PE ratio of 53.29. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $35.34 and its 200-day moving average price is $31.67.

Healthcare Realty Trust (NYSE:HR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.40 by $0.02. The business earned $102.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $101.05 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.39 earnings per share. Analysts predict that Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. will post $1.65 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 17th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.39%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 15th.

In other news, CAO Amanda L. Callaway sold 1,173 shares of the business’s 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 transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 4,733 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $158,555.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of Healthcare Realty Trust by 94.8% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 182,317 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $5,163,000 after buying an additional 88,717 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Healthcare Realty Trust by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 14,890,061 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $421,686,000 after buying an additional 563,198 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Healthcare Realty Trust by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 682,899 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $19,340,000 after buying an additional 30,572 shares in the last quarter. Deere & Co. increased its position in shares of Healthcare Realty Trust by 280.7% in the fourth quarter. Deere & Co. now owns 38,389 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,087,000 after buying an additional 28,305 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department acquired a new position in shares of Healthcare Realty Trust during the fourth quarter worth about $2,195,000.

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated is a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, acquires, manages, finances and develops real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services across the United States. It provides property management services for approximately 140 healthcare-related properties, totaling over 9.8 million square feet.

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