Media headlines about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a media sentiment score of -0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.5435433986615 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several research analysts have issued reports on MFA shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $9.00 price objective on shares of MFA Financial in a report on Friday, August 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $8.50 price objective on shares of MFA Financial in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded MFA Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $8.81.

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by ($0.03). MFA Financial had a net margin of 61.94% and a return on equity of 10.12%. The company had revenue of $55.86 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $71.13 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.21 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 31st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 28th were given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, September 27th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of Infinity. MFA Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 102.56%.

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About MFA Financial

MFA Financial, Inc is engaged in the real estate finance business. The Company’s subsidiaries invest in residential mortgage assets, including Non-Agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Agency MBS, residential whole loans and credit risk transfer (CRT) securities. The Company’s Non-Agency MBS portfolio primarily consists of Legacy Non-Agency MBS and 3 Year Step-up securities.

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