Denali Advisors LLC decreased its stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 0.7% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 226,900 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 1,700 shares during the period. Denali Advisors LLC owned 0.05% of Medical Properties Trust worth $4,438,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. 6 Meridian boosted its holdings in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 28,528 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $498,000 after buying an additional 606 shares during the period. Campbell Capital Management Inc. boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 0.8% in the 3rd quarter. Campbell Capital Management Inc. now owns 85,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,665,000 after purchasing an additional 700 shares during the period. World Asset Management Inc boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 4.0% in the 2nd quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 18,492 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $323,000 after purchasing an additional 718 shares during the period. Claraphi Advisory Network LLC boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Claraphi Advisory Network LLC now owns 100,151 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,747,000 after purchasing an additional 732 shares during the period. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its holdings in Medical Properties Trust by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 70,460 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,229,000 after purchasing an additional 760 shares during the period. 71.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Berenberg Bank assumed coverage on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a report on Thursday, September 12th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $22.00 price objective for the company. SunTrust Banks boosted their price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust from $20.00 to $21.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 27th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 29th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $21.00 price target on shares of Medical Properties Trust and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $19.95.

In related news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 77,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.43, for a total transaction of $1,505,825.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 1,235,457 shares in the company, valued at approximately $24,004,929.51. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Emmett E. Mclean sold 100,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.37, for a total transaction of $1,837,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 1,066,337 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,588,610.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 247,500 shares of company stock valued at $4,586,725. 1.18% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust stock traded down $0.01 on Wednesday, reaching $19.77. 2,299,625 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,770,469. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $18.95 and its 200-day moving average is $18.27. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a one year low of $13.98 and a one year high of $19.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 8.00 and a current ratio of 8.00. The firm has a market cap of $8.82 billion, a PE ratio of 14.43, a P/E/G ratio of 3.74 and a beta of 0.53.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.31 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 129.20% and a return on equity of 6.84%. The company had revenue of $192.55 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $186.11 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.36 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 10th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, September 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.26%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 11th. This is an increase from Medical Properties Trust’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio is 75.91%.

Medical Properties Trust Company Profile

Medical Properties Trust, Inc is a self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities. MPT's financing model helps facilitate acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows operators of hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations.

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