News coverage about Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Healthcare Trust Of America earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.3735469382876 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of NYSE:HTA opened at $28.85 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $5.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.70, a PEG ratio of 4.21 and a beta of 0.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a current ratio of 1.41. Healthcare Trust Of America has a 12 month low of $24.06 and a 12 month high of $31.87.

Healthcare Trust Of America (NYSE:HTA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.41 by ($0.34). The company had revenue of $173.33 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $176.30 million. Healthcare Trust Of America had a net margin of 11.65% and a return on equity of 2.46%. Healthcare Trust Of America’s quarterly revenue was up 23.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.39 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Healthcare Trust Of America will post 1.66 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 2nd will be given a $0.31 dividend. This represents a $1.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.30%. This is a boost from Healthcare Trust Of America’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.31. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 1st. Healthcare Trust Of America’s payout ratio is 74.85%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on HTA shares. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from $30.00 to $27.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, June 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Healthcare Trust Of America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $28.00 price target (down from $30.00) on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a report on Tuesday, July 10th. Finally, Raymond James reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Healthcare Trust Of America in a report on Friday, June 1st. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.00.

In related news, CFO Robert A. Milligan acquired 3,800 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 8th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $25.35 per share, with a total value of $96,330.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 141,564 shares in the company, valued at $3,588,647.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.90% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Healthcare Trust Of America

Healthcare Trust of America, Inc (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of medical office buildings in the United States, comprising over 24.1 million square feet of GLA, with over $7.0 billion invested primarily in medical office buildings. HTA provides real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly-desirable locations.

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