ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Thursday morning.

Several other research analysts have also commented on MPW. JMP Securities upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a market perform rating to an outperform rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $13.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, July 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $14.18.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE MPW) traded down $0.05 on Thursday, hitting $13.56. 1,815,200 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,052,504. Medical Properties Trust has a 52 week low of $11.57 and a 52 week high of $14.22. The firm has a market cap of $4,937.96, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 2.55, a quick ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ 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 analyst estimates of $172.57 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.30 EPS. Medical Properties Trust’s quarterly revenue was up 39.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.31 EPS for the current year.

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The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.08%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 6th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 126.32%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. HighTower Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 31.6% in the 1st quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 42,198 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $546,000 after buying an additional 10,140 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 25.2% during the 1st 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 in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.0% during the 1st quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 34,681 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $447,000 after purchasing an additional 360 shares in the last quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth about $398,000. Finally, Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.0% during the 2nd quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 29,830 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $384,000 after purchasing an additional 290 shares in the last quarter. 84.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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