Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen brokerages that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have given a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $14.14.

MPW has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Jefferies Group LLC raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub raised Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their price objective on Medical Properties Trust from $13.50 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th.

In other Medical Properties Trust news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total transaction of $1,135,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MPW. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the first quarter valued at about $243,000. Sigma Planning Corp boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6.0% in the first quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 33,999 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $438,000 after buying an additional 1,931 shares during the period. Naples Global Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 35.1% in the first quarter. Naples Global Advisors LLC now owns 24,830 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $320,000 after buying an additional 6,450 shares during the period. State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 35.0% in the first quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 160,060 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,062,000 after buying an additional 41,530 shares during the period. Finally, Huntington National Bank boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 70.1% in the first quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 11,434 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 4,712 shares during the period. 82.12% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) traded down 0.32% on Tuesday, hitting $12.63. The stock had a trading volume of 1,683,691 shares. Medical Properties Trust has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $15.74. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.44 and a beta of 0.89. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $12.79 and its 200 day moving average is $13.04.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.32. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 42.25%. The company had revenue of $166.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $163.08 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.32 earnings per share. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue was up 32.1% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust will post $0.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company focuses on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities across the United States and selectively in foreign jurisdictions. The Company’s segment is its investments in healthcare real estate, including mortgage and other loans, as well as any equity investments in its tenants.

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