HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) saw a large drop in short interest in November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 508,147 shares, a drop of 36.8% from the October 31st total of 803,478 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 240,663 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.1 days. Currently, 1.4% of the company’s stock are sold short.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on HF shares. Zacks Investment Research raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $41.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. TheStreet lowered HFF from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 31st. Finally, ValuEngine lowered HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. HFF presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $41.00.

In related news, CEO Mark Gibson sold 34,763 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.13, for a total value of $1,534,091.19. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 422,028 shares in the company, valued at approximately $18,624,095.64. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, President Joe Thornton, Jr. sold 19,453 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.93, for a total value of $815,664.29. Following the completion of the transaction, the president now owns 385,929 shares in the company, valued at $16,182,002.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 132,244 shares of company stock worth $5,696,330. 4.90% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in HF. Parallel Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of HFF by 1,067.1% during the 3rd quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 3,478 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $148,000 after purchasing an additional 3,180 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position in shares of HFF by 509.1% during the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 4,142 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $142,000 after purchasing an additional 3,462 shares during the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of HFF during the 3rd quarter valued at $196,000. Huber Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of HFF during the 3rd quarter valued at $234,000. Finally, ACG Wealth purchased a new stake in shares of HFF during the 3rd quarter valued at $237,000. 89.81% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

NYSE HF opened at $38.01 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.48 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.39 and a beta of 1.24. HFF has a 12 month low of $32.99 and a 12 month high of $51.74.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $161.39 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $154.60 million. HFF had a return on equity of 38.66% and a net margin of 16.66%. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that HFF will post 2.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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HFF Company Profile

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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