Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 87.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 82,793 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 38,671 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $1,066,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 15.1% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 9,009 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 1,182 shares in the last quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 6.2% in the first quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC now owns 10,582 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 616 shares in the last quarter. Greenwich Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the first quarter worth $141,000. Huntington National Bank boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 70.1% in the first quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 11,434 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $147,000 after buying an additional 4,712 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 2.6% in the first quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC now owns 11,907 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $153,000 after buying an additional 303 shares in the last quarter. 82.12% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) traded down 0.79% during trading on Friday, reaching $12.51. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,378,049 shares. The firm has a market cap of $4.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.29 and a beta of 0.89. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 52 week low of $11.54 and a 52 week high of $15.74. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $12.75 and its 200-day moving average is $13.03.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.32. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 42.25%. The company had revenue of $166.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $163.08 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.32 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 32.1% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post $0.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 14th will be issued a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 13th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.67%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 115.66%.

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A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on MPW shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.00 price target (up previously from $15.00) on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price target on Medical Properties Trust from $13.50 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 4th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.20.

In other Medical Properties Trust news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total value of $1,135,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

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