Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and six have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $14.25.

Several analysts have issued reports on MPW shares. ValuEngine lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. JMP Securities raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, July 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, July 28th.

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In related news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total value of $1,135,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. IFP Advisors Inc grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 15.1% during the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 9,009 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $116,000 after purchasing an additional 1,182 shares in the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL purchased a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth approximately $132,000. Neuburgh Advisers LLC boosted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 6.2% in the first quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC now owns 10,582 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 616 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth approximately $136,000. Finally, Cetera Investment Advisers purchased a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth approximately $141,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.55% of the company’s stock.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) traded down 0.52% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $13.32. 2,358,795 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Medical Properties Trust has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $15.34. The stock has a market cap of $4.66 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.28 and a beta of 0.88. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $12.86 and its 200 day moving average is $13.03.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 42.25% and a return on equity of 7.54%. The company had revenue of $166.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $163.08 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.32 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 32.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust will post $0.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 14th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.21%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 115.66%.

About Medical Properties Trust

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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