Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) – Analysts at SunTrust Banks raised their FY2018 EPS estimates for Medical Properties Trust in a research note issued on Wednesday. SunTrust Banks analyst E. Fleming now expects that the real estate investment trust will post earnings per share of $1.46 for the year, up from their prior estimate of $1.40.

A number of other research analysts also recently issued reports on MPW. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Monday, May 15th. ValuEngine downgraded Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target (up from $15.00) on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, June 9th. BidaskClub raised Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, June 10th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price target on Medical Properties Trust from $13.50 to $15.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.20.

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Medical Properties Trust (MPW) traded up 0.48% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $12.50. 1,875,107 shares of the company were exchanged. Medical Properties Trust has a 52 week low of $11.54 and a 52 week high of $15.74. The company has a 50-day moving average of $12.85 and a 200 day moving average of $13.04. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.37 billion, a PE ratio of 15.28 and a beta of 0.89.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 42.25% and a return on equity of 7.54%. The company had revenue of $166.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $163.08 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.32 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 32.1% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 57,790,855 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $743,768,000 after buying an additional 3,561,518 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6,731.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 40,047,534 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $516,212,000 after buying an additional 39,461,340 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.2% in the first quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 18,150,112 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $233,956,000 after buying an additional 211,209 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 8.9% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 13,525,447 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $174,072,000 after buying an additional 1,109,174 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 7.1% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 12,202,245 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $157,286,000 after buying an additional 811,784 shares during the last quarter. 78.48% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total transaction of $1,135,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th were paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.72%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is 115.66%.

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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