News coverage about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.9896666755051 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on MPW shares. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Sunday, September 17th. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, December 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.45.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) traded up $0.03 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $13.31. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,322,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,100,000. The company has a current ratio of 2.55, a quick ratio of 2.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26. The company has a market cap of $4,850.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.51, a P/E/G ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 0.96. Medical Properties Trust has a 52-week low of $11.90 and a 52-week high of $14.22.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates 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 company had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.30 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.33 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.21%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 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.

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