Shares of HFF Inc. (NYSE:HF) rose 2.8% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $27.95 and last traded at $27.50, with a volume of 139,826 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.74.

HF has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on shares of HFF in a research note on Monday, May 16th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $34.00 price target for the company. TheStreet upgraded shares of HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of HFF from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 28th.

The firm has a market capitalization of $1.05 billion and a P/E ratio of 12.81. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $27.83 and its 200 day moving average is $28.59.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 25th. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.10. Equities research analysts predict that HFF Inc. will post $2.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, President Joe Thornton, Jr. sold 36,469 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.53, for a total value of $1,076,929.57. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 746,417 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $22,041,694.01. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, President Joe Thornton, Jr. sold 39,827 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.12, for a total transaction of $1,119,935.24. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 706,679 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,871,813.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in HFF stock. Jennison Associates LLC increased its stake in shares of HFF Inc. (NYSE:HF) by 87.0% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 34,425 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 16,014 shares during the period. Jennison Associates LLC owned 0.09% of HFF worth $1,070,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

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 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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