Media headlines about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.9770155136388 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of MFA Financial (MFA) opened at $7.61 on Friday. MFA Financial has a 52-week low of $7.56 and a 52-week high of $8.90. The company has a market capitalization of $3,020.00, a P/E ratio of 10.42 and a beta of 0.66.

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $55.86 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $71.13 million. MFA Financial had a return on equity of 9.33% and a net margin of 59.03%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.21 EPS. analysts forecast that MFA Financial will post 0.77 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 27th. MFA Financial’s payout ratio is 109.59%.

Several research firms have commented on MFA. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating on shares of MFA Financial in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded MFA Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. BidaskClub lowered MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 28th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $9.00 price objective on shares of MFA Financial in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, JMP Securities lowered MFA Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.08.

In other MFA Financial news, insider Ronald A. Freydberg bought 20,000 shares of MFA Financial stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $7.78 per share, with a total value of $155,600.00. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 579,714 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,510,174.92. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.

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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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