News stories about Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) have trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Highwoods Properties earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.3766759031909 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

HIW has been the topic of several research reports. SunTrust Banks set a $51.00 price objective on Highwoods Properties and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Stifel Nicolaus dropped their price objective on Highwoods Properties from $55.00 to $50.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Highwoods Properties from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Highwoods Properties from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.67.

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Shares of Highwoods Properties (NYSE HIW) traded up $0.34 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $43.99. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 769,442 shares, compared to its average volume of 737,232. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a current ratio of 1.40. Highwoods Properties has a 12 month low of $41.83 and a 12 month high of $53.34. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,518.68, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.85, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.33 and a beta of 0.80.

Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.83 by ($0.28). Highwoods Properties had a return on equity of 8.46% and a net margin of 26.20%. The company had revenue of $175.86 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $177.14 million. research analysts forecast that Highwoods Properties will post 3.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 20th were issued a dividend of $0.4625 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 16th. This represents a $1.85 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.21%. This is a positive change from Highwoods Properties’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. Highwoods Properties’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 104.52%.

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Highwoods Properties Company Profile

Highwoods Properties, Inc is an office real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is the operation, acquisition and development of office properties. The Company’s segments include Office and Other. The Company owns, develops, acquires, leases and manages properties primarily in the best business districts (BBDs) of Atlanta, Greensboro, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond and Tampa.

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