Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Receives News Sentiment Rating of 0.15

News coverage about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.189223006609 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Medical Properties Trust (MPW) traded down 1.25% on Thursday, hitting $12.61. 2,127,233 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $4.41 billion, a PE ratio of 15.42 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. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $12.76 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.03.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 14th will be given a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.61%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is currently 115.66%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on MPW. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $13.50 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Monday, May 15th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.20.

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In other news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total transaction of $1,135,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by 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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