Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock investors bought 1,776 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,256% compared to the average volume of 131 call options.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE MPW) opened at $13.52 on Friday. Medical Properties Trust has a 52-week low of $11.88 and a 52-week high of $14.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.55 and a quick ratio of 2.55. The company has a market cap of $4,920.00, a P/E ratio of 10.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 0.96.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The company had revenue of $176.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.30 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be given a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.10%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 6th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 126.32%.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BB&T Securities LLC increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 31,541 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $405,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. Southeast Asset Advisors Inc. now owns 12,824 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $165,000 after buying an additional 216 shares during the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 26,676 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $343,000 after buying an additional 233 shares during the last quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 29,830 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $384,000 after buying an additional 290 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 30,649 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $393,000 after buying an additional 455 shares during the last quarter. 81.35% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.18.

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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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