News coverage about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7338852971606 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (MPW) opened at 12.99 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.17 billion, a PE ratio of 15.59 and a beta of 0.89. The company has a 50-day moving average of $13.20 and a 200-day moving average of $12.96. Medical Properties Trust has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $15.91.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33. The company had revenue of $156.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $156.91 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 41.79% and a return on equity of 7.94%. The firm’s revenue was up 15.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.35 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust will post $0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th were issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.39%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 114.29%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on MPW shares. Jefferies Group LLC upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $13.00 to $15.00 in a report on Friday, April 7th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $13.50 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Monday, May 15th. ValuEngine cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.20.

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In other news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total value of $1,135,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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