An issue of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) bonds fell 0.8% against their face value during trading on Friday. The debt issue has a 5% coupon and is set to mature on October 15, 2027. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $101.91 and were trading at $103.53 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets often anticipate parallel moves in its stock price.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on MPW. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price target for the company in a research report on Friday. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.32.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) traded up $0.23 during trading on Friday, reaching $13.99. 5,360,286 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,928,306. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.55 and a quick ratio of 2.55. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,094.54, a PE ratio of 10.84, a PEG ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.96. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a twelve month low of $11.90 and a twelve month high of $14.22.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $172.57 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.30 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.86%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 126.32%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Ffcm LLC purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter worth about $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc raised its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $130,000 after buying an additional 1,093 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth about $132,000. Mcmillion Capital Management Inc. purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter worth about $137,000. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth about $136,000. 81.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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