MFA Financial (MFA) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.23

News stories about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.6602182221331 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

MFA Financial (NYSE MFA) traded down $0.16 during trading on Monday, hitting $6.83. The company had a trading volume of 5,620,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,350,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,710.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.36 and a beta of 0.46. MFA Financial has a one year low of $6.76 and a one year high of $8.90.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Investors of record on Thursday, December 28th were paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 11.71%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 27th. MFA Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 109.59%.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on MFA shares. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $9.00 price objective on shares of MFA Financial in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered MFA Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. JMP Securities lowered MFA Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of MFA Financial in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.08.

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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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