HFF, Inc. (HF) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

HFF, Inc. (NYSE:HF) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have assigned a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on HF. Zacks Investment Research downgraded HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. BidaskClub raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, ValuEngine raised HFF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 6th.

HFF (NYSE:HF) opened at 37.33 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $37.23 and a 200 day moving average price of $32.70. The company has a market cap of $1.44 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.91 and a beta of 1.21. HFF has a 12 month low of $24.84 and a 12 month high of $38.81.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $137.36 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $127.81 million. HFF had a return on equity of 40.20% and a net margin of 15.51%. On average, equities analysts expect that HFF will post $2.29 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc bought a new position in shares of HFF in the 2nd quarter worth about $129,000. Wasatch Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of HFF by 6.5% in the 2nd quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. now owns 2,328,213 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $80,952,000 after acquiring an additional 141,632 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its position in shares of HFF by 18.9% in the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 56,432 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,962,000 after acquiring an additional 8,983 shares in the last quarter. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of HFF in the 2nd quarter worth about $267,000. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its position in shares of HFF by 9.8% in the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 3,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after acquiring an additional 289 shares in the last quarter. 87.11% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About HFF

HFF, Inc is a holding company. The Company holds the partnership interests in Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. and HFF Securities L.P. (together, the Operating Partnerships), held through the subsidiary HFF Partnership Holdings, LLC, and all of the outstanding shares of Holliday GP Corp. (Holliday GP).

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