Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 22.0% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 3,759 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 679 shares during the quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $60,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of MPW. Nvwm LLC acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the fourth quarter worth $49,000. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors grew its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 49.8% in the third quarter. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors now owns 11,127 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $166,000 after purchasing an additional 3,700 shares during the period. Parametrica Management Ltd acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter worth $185,000. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC grew its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 6.9% in the fourth quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 11,755 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $189,000 after purchasing an additional 760 shares during the period. Finally, Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC acquired a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter worth $204,000. Institutional investors own 76.61% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE MPW opened at $18.36 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $6.80 billion, a PE ratio of 13.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.40 and a beta of 0.72. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 1 year low of $12.24 and a 1 year high of $18.56. The company has a quick ratio of 4.92, a current ratio of 5.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.31. The firm had revenue of $180.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $179.68 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 129.59% and a return on equity of 8.83%. The business’s revenue was down 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.37 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 14th will be given a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.45%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 72.99%.

In related news, VP James Kevin Hanna sold 18,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.37, for a total transaction of $330,660.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 76,318 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,401,961.66. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Emmett E. Mclean sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.40, for a total transaction of $870,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 913,965 shares in the company, valued at $15,902,991. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 116,865 shares of company stock worth $2,024,153 over the last three months. 0.83% of the stock is owned by insiders.

MPW has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 19th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group lifted their price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $13.50 to $17.50 in a report on Tuesday, December 11th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 25th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $18.00 to $23.00 in a report on Wednesday, February 13th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $16.75.

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About Medical Properties Trust

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model helps facilitate acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations.

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