Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) by 17.0% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 218,928 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 31,808 shares during the quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc.’s holdings in HFF were worth $7,521,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Point72 Asia Hong Kong Ltd purchased a new position in shares of HFF in the 1st quarter valued at about $107,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of HFF in the 1st quarter valued at about $119,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new position in shares of HFF in the 1st quarter valued at about $134,000. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of HFF in the 1st quarter valued at about $135,000. Finally, C M Bidwell & Associates Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of HFF in the 1st quarter valued at about $157,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.97% of the company’s stock.

In other HFF news, CEO Mark Gibson sold 34,763 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.13, for a total transaction of $1,534,091.19. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 422,028 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,624,095.64. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, President Joe Thornton, Jr. sold 12,131 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.92, for a total transaction of $532,793.52. Following the sale, the president now directly owns 434,607 shares in the company, valued at $19,087,939.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on HF. ValuEngine downgraded shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of HFF from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, July 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.00.

NYSE:HF opened at $42.84 on Friday. HFF, Inc. has a twelve month low of $32.99 and a twelve month high of $51.74. The stock has a market cap of $1.72 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.34 and a beta of 1.08.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.61 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.13. HFF had a net margin of 15.72% and a return on equity of 37.50%. The firm had revenue of $153.73 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $139.00 million. equities research analysts anticipate that HFF, Inc. will post 2.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About HFF

HFF, Inc provides commercial real estate and capital market services to the users and providers of capital primarily in the United States commercial real estate industry. The company offers debt placement services, such as construction and construction/mini-permanent loans, adjustable and fixed rate mortgages, entity level debts, mezzanine debts, forward delivery loans, tax exempt financing, and sale/leaseback financing to the owners of various properties comprising office, retail, industrial, hotel, multi-housing, student housing, self-storage, senior living, independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, condominiums and condominium conversions, mixed-use properties, and land.

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