Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE:MPW) was the target of a significant growth in short interest in the month of November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 29,651,580 shares, a growth of 76.1% from the October 31st total of 16,837,808 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 7,876,837 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.8 days. Approximately 9.4% of the shares of the company are short sold.

A number of brokerages recently commented on MPW. JMP Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Monday. Barclays PLC started coverage on Medical Properties Trust in a report on Tuesday, November 22nd. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus lowered their target price on Medical Properties Trust from $16.00 to $13.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, November 7th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Thursday, November 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 30th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Medical Properties Trust currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.29.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.2% in the second quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 8,500 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $129,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. MCF Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.5% in the third quarter. MCF Advisors LLC now owns 8,526 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 129 shares in the last quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.4% in the third quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 9,554 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $139,000 after buying an additional 130 shares in the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.4% in the third quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 39,099 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $577,000 after buying an additional 170 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Keeley Asset Management Corp boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 0.3% in the second quarter. Keeley Asset Management Corp now owns 73,658 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,120,000 after buying an additional 191 shares in the last quarter. 81.94% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) opened at 12.18 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $13.27 and a 200 day moving average price of $14.53. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.00 billion, a PE ratio of 12.30 and a beta of 0.91. Medical Properties Trust has a 12 month low of $9.61 and a 12 month high of $15.92.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.30. The firm had revenue of $126.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $124.33 million. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 10.03% and a net margin of 46.26%. The company’s revenue was up 10.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.32 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust will post $1.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 12th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.23 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.55%. Medical Properties Trust’s payout ratio is 93.88%.

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About Medical Properties Trust

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in and owning net-leased healthcare facilities. It conducts all of its business through MPT Operating Partnership, L.P. It acquires and develops healthcare facilities and leases the facilities to healthcare operating companies under long-term net leases.

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