Alliancebernstein L.P. lowered its position in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 18.1% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,992,213 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 441,567 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. owned about 0.55% of Medical Properties Trust worth $25,640,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Bank of Montreal Can increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 8.8% during the 1st quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 44,122 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $568,000 after purchasing an additional 3,573 shares in the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 6.6% during the 1st quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 237,491 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,059,000 after purchasing an additional 14,656 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 28.4% during the 1st quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 21,353 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $275,000 after purchasing an additional 4,725 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 6.2% during the 1st 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 in the last quarter. Finally, World Asset Management Inc increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 3.9% during the 1st quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 19,557 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $252,000 after purchasing an additional 734 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 83.69% of the company’s stock.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) opened at 13.01 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $12.90 and a 200 day moving average of $13.02. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 12-month low of $11.54 and a 12-month high of $15.34. The firm has a market cap of $4.55 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.90 and a beta of 0.88.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32. The business had revenue of $166.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $163.08 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 42.25% and a return on equity of 7.54%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 32.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.32 EPS. 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. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 14th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 13th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.38%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 115.66%.

MPW has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Sunday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective (up from $15.00) on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.10.

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Medical Properties Trust 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

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