Cetera Investment Advisers boosted its position in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 42.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,434 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,601 shares during the period. Cetera Investment Advisers’ holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $203,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Ffcm LLC acquired a new position in Medical Properties Trust in the 3rd quarter worth about $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% in the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $130,000 after purchasing an additional 1,093 shares in the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust in the 2nd quarter valued at about $132,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust in the 2nd quarter valued at about $136,000. Finally, Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. grew its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 10.3% in the 2nd quarter. Cutter & CO Brokerage Inc. now owns 11,081 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $143,000 after buying an additional 1,031 shares during the last quarter. 81.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) opened at $13.99 on Friday. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 52-week low of $11.89 and a 52-week high of $14.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 2.55 and a current ratio of 2.55. The company has a market capitalization of $5,010.79, a PE ratio of 10.67, a P/E/G ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 0.96.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the 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 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 company earned $0.30 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th will be given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.86%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is 126.32%.

MPW has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. ValuEngine lowered Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $14.32.

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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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