HFF (HF) Upgraded to Buy by ValuEngine

HFF (NYSE:HF) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Thursday.

Several other brokerages have also recently issued reports on HF. JMP Securities cut shares of HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of HFF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, William Blair reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of HFF in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.50.

Shares of HFF (NYSE:HF) opened at $44.42 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $1,763.47, a PE ratio of 19.92 and a beta of 1.01. HFF has a 1 year low of $25.79 and a 1 year high of $51.74.

In related news, Director Zarraga Manuel A. De sold 40,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.19, for a total transaction of $1,767,600.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 227,923 shares in the company, valued at $10,071,917.37. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director John Fowler sold 17,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.04, for a total transaction of $788,200.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 229,378 shares in the company, valued at $10,331,185.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 97,808 shares of company stock worth $4,350,032 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 5.70% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Advisor Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of HFF by 16.7% during the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,040 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $102,000 after buying an additional 434 shares during the period. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its stake in shares of HFF by 9.8% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 3,226 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 289 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of HFF during the third quarter worth approximately $122,000. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc purchased a new stake in shares of HFF during the second quarter worth approximately $129,000. Finally, LS Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of HFF by 182.5% during the fourth quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,486 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $170,000 after buying an additional 2,252 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.20% of the company’s stock.

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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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