Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 10.5% in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 2,959,090 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 280,222 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN owned 0.81% of Medical Properties Trust worth $38,852,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Ffcm LLC bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the third quarter valued at approximately $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% during the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $130,000 after buying an additional 1,093 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL purchased a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $132,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $136,000. Finally, Cetera Investment Advisers purchased a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the second quarter valued at approximately $141,000. 81.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE MPW) traded up $0.02 on Tuesday, reaching $13.60. 1,698,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,124,766. The company has a quick ratio of 2.55, a current ratio of 2.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $11.88 and a fifty-two week high of $14.22. The company has a market capitalization of $4,945.24, a P/E ratio of 10.53, a PEG ratio of 1.81 and a beta of 0.96.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The business had revenue of $176.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 39.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be given a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.06%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is presently 126.32%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on MPW shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Medical Properties Trust presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.18.

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

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