Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that are covering the company, 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 1 year price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $14.25.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on MPW shares. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Monday, July 24th. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Jefferies Group LLC raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. 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 upped their price target 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.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 57,790,855 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $743,768,000 after acquiring an additional 3,561,518 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 6,731.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 40,047,534 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $516,212,000 after acquiring an additional 39,461,340 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 8.9% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 13,525,447 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $174,072,000 after acquiring an additional 1,109,174 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 7.1% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 12,202,245 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $157,286,000 after acquiring an additional 811,784 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 142.8% in the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 11,859,196 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $152,628,000 after acquiring an additional 6,973,902 shares in the last quarter. 83.69% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) traded up 0.30% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $13.22. The company had a trading volume of 1,242,885 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $13.00 and its 200 day moving average is $13.07. Medical Properties Trust has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $15.04. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.63 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.16 and a beta of 0.88.

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

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 14th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.26%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 115.66%.

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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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