Press coverage about Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Medical Properties Trust earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.6598063543552 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

MPW has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine upgraded Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered Medical Properties Trust from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $15.00 to $13.00 in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.30.

Medical Properties Trust (MPW) opened at $12.90 on Monday. 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 has a 52 week low of $11.90 and a 52 week high of $14.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,700.00, a PE ratio of 16.97, a P/E/G ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.96.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.36% and a net margin of 39.95%. The firm had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $172.57 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.30 EPS. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.33 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th were paid a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.44%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 126.32%.

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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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