Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Healthcare Trust of America Inc. (NYSE:HTA) by 35.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 580,342 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 153,074 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. owned approximately 0.42% of Healthcare Trust of America worth $18,769,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in HTA. Quantbot Technologies LP increased its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 141.4% in the second quarter. Quantbot Technologies LP now owns 4,234 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 2,480 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado increased its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 8.0% in the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 4,340 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 322 shares during the period. BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd increased its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 2.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd now owns 6,771 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $199,000 after buying an additional 160 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in Healthcare Trust of America by 10.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 6,417 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $208,000 after buying an additional 610 shares during the period. Finally, Squarepoint Ops LLC bought a new position in Healthcare Trust of America during the first quarter worth approximately $274,000. 84.57% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Healthcare Trust of America Inc. (NYSE:HTA) traded down 0.18% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $32.64. 319,692 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $4.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 108.44 and a beta of 0.27. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $33.15 and a 200 day moving average of $31.07. Healthcare Trust of America Inc. has a 12-month low of $23.83 and a 12-month high of $34.64.

Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.01. Healthcare Trust of America had a net margin of 9.32% and a return on equity of 2.73%. The business had revenue of $113 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.61 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.38 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Healthcare Trust of America Inc. will post $1.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 7th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This is a positive change from Healthcare Trust of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 29th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.67%. Healthcare Trust of America’s payout ratio is presently 393.33%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on HTA. BTIG Research began coverage on shares of Healthcare Trust of America in a research note on Thursday, August 25th. They set a “buy” rating and a $37.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 9th. Wunderlich raised their target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $28.50 to $31.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Mizuho reduced their target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $34.00 to $28.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, August 8th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. raised their target price on shares of Healthcare Trust of America from $37.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.10.

Healthcare Trust of America Company Profile

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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