Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 5.9% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,271,503 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 71,121 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $18,933,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other large investors have also bought and sold shares of MPW. LSV Asset Management boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 13.9% during the 2nd quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 10,487,800 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $147,248,000 after purchasing an additional 1,280,000 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 10.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 9,096,460 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $127,715,000 after purchasing an additional 840,443 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.9% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 40,993,503 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $575,548,000 after purchasing an additional 760,980 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 2.1% during the 3rd quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 21,516,682 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $320,814,000 after purchasing an additional 448,361 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 26.8% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,970,200 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $27,661,000 after purchasing an additional 416,900 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 77.17% of the company’s stock.

MPW stock opened at $16.74 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 2.19, a current ratio of 4.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a one year low of $11.82 and a one year high of $16.74. The stock has a market cap of $5.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.40, a PEG ratio of 3.46 and a beta of 0.47.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.35 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 124.88% and a return on equity of 9.06%. The company had revenue of $197.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $192.64 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.33 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 11.6% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.37 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, October 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 13th were paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.97%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, September 12th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 74.07%.

A number of analysts have commented on MPW shares. JMP Securities set a $16.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 1st. Jefferies Financial Group lowered shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, July 17th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $14.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group upped their price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.19.

In other news, Director Michael G. Stewart sold 12,400 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.13, for a total value of $175,212.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 231,039 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,264,581.07. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP James Kevin Hanna sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.84, for a total transaction of $222,600.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 127,400 shares of company stock valued at $1,890,812 over the last three months. 0.83% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model helps facilitate acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations.

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