News headlines about Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) have been trending positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust of America earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.5201786124727 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) opened at 29.36 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $5.89 billion, a PE ratio of 143.92 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $30.41 and a 200 day moving average price of $30.91. Healthcare Trust of America has a 12 month low of $26.34 and a 12 month high of $34.64.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.39. The firm had revenue of $139.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $133.69 million. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 6.07% and a return on equity of 1.42%. Healthcare Trust of America’s quarterly revenue was up 23.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.38 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Healthcare Trust of America will post $0.14 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 2nd will be paid a $0.305 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 29th. This represents a $1.22 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.16%. This is a positive change from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 571.43%.

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Healthcare Trust of America from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. TheStreet downgraded Healthcare Trust of America from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. BMO Capital Markets upgraded Healthcare Trust of America from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $33.00 to $35.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $35.00 target price (up previously from $33.50) on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Friday, June 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Healthcare Trust of America has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.50.

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In other news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 55,240 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.06, for a total value of $1,770,994.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 405,092 shares in the company, valued at $12,987,249.52. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 1.50% of the company’s stock.

About Healthcare Trust of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner and operator of medical office buildings (MOBs) in the United States. The Company focuses on owning and operating MOBs that serve healthcare delivery and are located on health system campuses, near university medical centers, or in community core outpatient locations.

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