Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) was the target of some unusual options trading on Friday. Traders purchased 510 call options on the stock. This is an increase of Infinity compared to the typical volume of 0 call options.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on MPW shares. JMP Securities raised Medical Properties Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $14.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, July 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub raised 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 issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.18.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (MPW) opened at $13.56 on Monday. Medical Properties Trust has a one year low of $11.57 and a one year high of $14.22. The company has a current ratio of 2.55, a quick ratio of 2.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,937.96, a P/E ratio of 10.51, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.95.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.36% and a net margin of 39.95%. The firm had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $172.57 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.30 EPS. Medical Properties Trust’s quarterly revenue was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Ffcm LLC bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc lifted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% during the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $130,000 after acquiring an additional 1,093 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $132,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $136,000. Finally, Cetera Investment Advisers bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $141,000. 84.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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