News stories about Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust of America earned a daily sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.0686085679086 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of research analysts have issued reports on HTA shares. Mizuho reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Jefferies Group LLC raised Healthcare Trust of America to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, June 5th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a report on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Healthcare Trust of America from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Healthcare Trust of America has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.50.

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE HTA) traded down 0.20% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $30.44. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,345,775 shares. The company has a 50-day moving average of $30.23 and a 200-day moving average of $30.93. The firm has a market cap of $6.11 billion, a PE ratio of 149.22 and a beta of 0.32. 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 issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39. Healthcare Trust of America had a return on equity of 1.42% and a net margin of 6.07%. The company had revenue of $139.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $133.69 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.38 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 23.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that Healthcare Trust of America will post $0.23 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 2nd will be given a dividend of $0.305 per share. This represents a $1.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.01%. This is an increase from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 29th. Healthcare Trust of America’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 571.43%.

In other news, CEO Scott D. Peters sold 55,240 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.06, for a total transaction 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 sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 1.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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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