Private Advisor Group LLC raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 1.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 61,447 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 1,153 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $756,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of MPW. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 25.2% during the first quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 1,653,360 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $21,311,000 after purchasing an additional 332,602 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 766.7% during the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 4,320,798 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $55,608,000 after purchasing an additional 3,822,244 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6.2% during the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 527,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $6,802,000 after purchasing an additional 30,800 shares during the period. Texas Yale Capital Corp. boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.9% during the second quarter. Texas Yale Capital Corp. now owns 66,200 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $852,000 after purchasing an additional 1,250 shares during the period. Finally, RMR Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 5.7% during the second quarter. RMR Advisors LLC now owns 370,320 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $4,766,000 after purchasing an additional 20,000 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.55% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on MPW. ValuEngine lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Monday, July 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.10.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) opened at 13.35 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $4.67 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.32 and a beta of 0.88. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 1-year low of $11.54 and a 1-year high of $15.34. The company has a 50-day moving average of $12.87 and a 200-day moving average of $13.02.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 13th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.19%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

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