Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and five have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $14.22.

MPW has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Deutsche Bank cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their target price for the company from $14.00 to $13.50 in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, December 15th.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in MPW. JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 267.1% in the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 249,614 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $3,211,000 after buying an additional 181,611 shares during the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its stake in 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. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 39.4% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 1,057,443 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $13,609,000 after buying an additional 298,842 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky grew its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 16.6% in the 2nd quarter. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky now owns 70,380 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $906,000 after buying an additional 10,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 10.2% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,810,448 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $61,911,000 after buying an additional 444,595 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 81.30% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) traded up $0.15 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $12.38. 4,897,016 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,040,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 2.55 and a current ratio of 2.55. The company has a market cap of $4,510.00, a PE ratio of 16.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 0.79. Medical Properties Trust has a 12 month low of $11.82 and a 12 month high of $14.22.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th were paid a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.75%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 126.32%.

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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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