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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

HFF

(

HF

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified HFF as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HF has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $11.3 million.
  • HF has traded 3,024 shares today.
  • HF is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on HF:

HFF, Inc. provides commercial real estate and capital market services to users and providers of capital in the commercial real estate industry in the United States. HF has a PE ratio of 25. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HFF a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for HFF has been 225,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. HFF has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.60 and a short float of 3.3% with 4.70 days to cover. Shares are up 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates HFF as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 24.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HFF INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 150.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 26.37% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for HFF INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.68%. Regardless of HF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.98% trails the industry average.

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