HFF (HF) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about HFF (NYSE:HF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. HFF earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 59 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of research firms recently commented on HF. Morgan Stanley downgraded HFF from a “buy” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, March 17th. TheStreet upgraded HFF from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut HFF from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 24th. William Blair cut HFF from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, March 24th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $28.00 target price on shares of HFF in a research report on Tuesday, April 4th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.50.

HFF (NYSE:HF) traded down 0.88% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $31.60. The stock had a trading volume of 69,602 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.88 and a beta of 1.41. HFF has a 1-year low of $24.84 and a 1-year high of $34.39. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $28.15 and a 200-day moving average price of $28.83.

HFF (NYSE:HF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.19. HFF had a return on equity of 43.76% and a net margin of 15.80%. The business had revenue of $138.81 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $124.68 million. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that HFF will post $2.10 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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