News stories about Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Howard Hughes earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.4692018877615 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

HHC has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Howard Hughes from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Sandler O’Neill set a $140.00 price target on Howard Hughes and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 8th.

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Shares of Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) traded up $1.40 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $137.94. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 361,391 shares, compared to its average volume of 339,740. The company has a current ratio of 2.04, a quick ratio of 2.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90. The company has a market cap of $5,898.01, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.37 and a beta of 1.29. Howard Hughes has a 52-week low of $113.64 and a 52-week high of $139.50.

Howard Hughes (NYSE:HHC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The financial services provider reported $3.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $3.19. The firm had revenue of $300.98 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $239.83 million. Howard Hughes had a return on equity of 2.52% and a net margin of 15.31%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.05 EPS. analysts predict that Howard Hughes will post 1.1 EPS for the current year.

In other Howard Hughes news, Director Pershing Square Capital Manage sold 2,500,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.86, for a total transaction of $319,650,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 20.70% of the company’s stock.

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Howard Hughes Company Profile

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate properties in the United States. It operates in three segments: Master Planned Communities, Operating Assets, and Strategic Developments. The Master Planned Communities segment develops and sells residential and commercial land.

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