Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 11.6% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 49,900 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after acquiring an additional 5,175 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $655,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of MPW. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 6.6% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 57,790,855 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $743,768,000 after purchasing an additional 3,561,518 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 9.5% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 14,803,927 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $194,375,000 after purchasing an additional 1,278,480 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 1.5% in the 3rd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 12,037,765 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $158,057,000 after purchasing an additional 178,569 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management lifted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 11.9% in the 2nd quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 5,666,676 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $72,930,000 after purchasing an additional 601,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 28.7% in the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 5,562,595 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $73,037,000 after purchasing an additional 1,241,797 shares during the last quarter. 81.31% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several brokerages recently commented on MPW. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Sunday, September 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.18.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) traded down $0.08 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $13.71. 447,808 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,151,939. The company has a market capitalization of $5,029.00, a P/E ratio of 10.70, a P/E/G ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 0.95. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 12-month low of $11.57 and a 12-month high of $14.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.55 and a quick ratio of 2.55.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.30 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.00%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 6th. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 126.32%.

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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.

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

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