Stifel Financial Corp raised its stake in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 17.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 68,203 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 10,026 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $883,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. IFP Advisors Inc increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 15.1% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 9,009 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 1,182 shares during the last quarter. Cigna Investments Inc. New acquired a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the fourth quarter valued at about $136,000. Neuburgh Advisers LLC increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6.2% in the first quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC now owns 10,582 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $136,000 after buying an additional 616 shares during the last quarter. Greenwich Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the first quarter valued at about $141,000. Finally, Huntington National Bank increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 70.1% in the first quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 11,434 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 4,712 shares during the last quarter. 79.26% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) opened at 13.27 on Friday. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a one year low of $11.54 and a one year high of $15.92. The stock has a market cap of $4.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.93 and a beta of 0.92. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $13.15 and a 200 day moving average of $12.93.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 4th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 41.79% and a return on equity of 7.94%. The business had revenue of $156.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $156.91 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.35 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post $0.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 15th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.23%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 114.29%.

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Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Wednesday, March 8th. BidaskClub raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 10th. Robert W. Baird assumed coverage on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Thursday, March 9th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $14.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective (up from $15.00) on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, June 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.22.

In related news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 14th. The shares were 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 at the SEC website. Also, Chairman Edward K. Aldag, Jr. sold 301,845 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.74, for a total transaction of $3,845,505.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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