BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) by 4.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 104,041 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 3,970 shares during the period. BlackRock Advisors LLC’s holdings in Healthcare Trust of America were worth $3,394,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in HTA. Pacad Investment Ltd. acquired a new stake in Healthcare Trust of America during the second quarter worth approximately $123,000. Muzinich & Co. Inc. increased its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 8.5% in the third quarter. Muzinich & Co. Inc. now owns 3,812 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in Healthcare Trust of America during the second quarter worth approximately $138,000. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado increased its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 0.4% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 4,358 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $142,000 after buying an additional 18 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Advisory Services Network LLC increased its stake in Healthcare Trust of America by 340.9% in the third quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 6,627 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $216,000 after buying an additional 5,124 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.70% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA)

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE:HTA) traded up 0.03% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $29.56. 366,171 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $4.19 billion, a PE ratio of 102.28 and a beta of 0.27. Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. has a one year low of $25.90 and a one year high of $34.64. The company has a 50-day moving average of $28.81 and a 200 day moving average of $31.20.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.40. The firm had revenue of $118.34 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $115.32 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 9.01% and a return on equity of 2.58%. The firm’s revenue was up 13.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.39 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. will post $0.29 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 10th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 3rd were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.06%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 29th. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio is currently 413.81%.

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HTA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 27th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $33.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, November 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Jefferies Group initiated coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Friday, December 16th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $33.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Mizuho upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $29.00 to $32.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Healthcare Trust of America presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $32.89.

In related news, EVP Mark David Engstrom sold 17,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.96, for a total transaction of $506,800.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 112,162 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,248,211.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Amanda Houghton sold 13,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.65, for a total transaction of $372,450.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 66,208 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,896,859.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

About Healthcare Trust of America

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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