News stories about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 48.2532317918486 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research firms recently issued reports on MPW. ValuEngine raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $13.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, JMP Securities raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $14.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, July 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.20.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) opened at 12.52 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $12.83 and its 200 day moving average price is $13.04. The company has a market capitalization of $4.38 billion, a PE ratio of 15.31 and a beta of 0.89. Medical Properties Trust has a 52 week low of $11.54 and a 52 week high of $15.74.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.32. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 42.25%. The firm had revenue of $166.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $163.08 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.32 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 32.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust will post $0.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th were paid a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.67%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is currently 115.66%.

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

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Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

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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