Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 7,214,698 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 131% from the previous session’s volume of 3,124,562 shares.The stock last traded at $13.99 and had previously closed at $13.76.

Several brokerages recently commented on MPW. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised Medical Properties Trust from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $14.50 price objective for the company in a report on Friday. ValuEngine raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Sunday, September 17th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.32.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 2.55 and a current ratio of 2.55. The stock has a market cap of $5,094.54, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.84, a PEG ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.96.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) 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 business 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 company posted $0.30 earnings per share. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.33 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.24 per share. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is presently 126.32%.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MPW. Ffcm LLC bought a new stake in Medical Properties Trust during the third quarter valued at about $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $130,000 after acquiring an additional 1,093 shares during the period. Blair William & Co. IL bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth about $132,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust in the second quarter worth about $136,000. Finally, Mcmillion Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Medical Properties Trust in the third quarter worth about $137,000. 81.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

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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