DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale acquired a new position in MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor acquired 36,757 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $309,000.

Several other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in MFA. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. raised its position in MFA Financial by 1.0% in the first quarter. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 216,230 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,747,000 after buying an additional 2,040 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in MFA Financial by 18.1% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 14,336 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 2,198 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in MFA Financial by 448.0% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 406,929 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,288,000 after buying an additional 332,674 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its position in MFA Financial by 0.4% in the first quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 63,276 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $510,000 after buying an additional 248 shares during the period. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in MFA Financial by 11.6% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 3,199,466 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $25,852,000 after buying an additional 333,383 shares during the period. 80.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE:MFA) opened at 8.67 on Wednesday. MFA Financial, Inc. has a 1-year low of $7.03 and a 1-year high of $8.90. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $8.66 and a 200 day moving average price of $8.31. The company has a market capitalization of $3.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.93 and a beta of 0.72.

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $61.14 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $68.91 million. MFA Financial had a net margin of 61.94% and a return on equity of 10.12%. MFA Financial’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.20 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that MFA Financial, Inc. will post $0.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities analysts recently commented on MFA shares. Zacks Investment Research raised MFA Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $8.50 price target on shares of MFA Financial in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $9.00 price target on shares of MFA Financial in a research note on Friday, August 4th. BidaskClub raised MFA Financial from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company raised MFA Financial from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. MFA Financial presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $8.29.

MFA Financial Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA)

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