NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc increased its holdings in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) by 1,700.0% in the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 5,400 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 5,100 shares during the quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc’s holdings in Medical Properties Trust were worth $86,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 68.9% in the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 1,201,066 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $17,907,000 after buying an additional 490,040 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Medical Properties Trust by 50.7% in the third quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 37,979 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $566,000 after buying an additional 12,785 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.5% during the third quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 423,527 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $6,315,000 after purchasing an additional 6,406 shares in the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 7.8% during the third quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 90,155 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,344,000 after purchasing an additional 6,548 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State of Alaska Department of Revenue increased its position in shares of Medical Properties Trust by 1.9% during the fourth quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 157,578 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,532,000 after purchasing an additional 2,889 shares in the last quarter. 78.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

MPW has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Jefferies Financial Group raised Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $18.00 to $23.00 in a research report on Wednesday, February 13th. SunTrust Banks downgraded Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 18th. Wells Fargo & Co raised Medical Properties Trust from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $13.50 to $17.50 in a research report on Tuesday, December 11th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group upped their price target on Medical Properties Trust to $17.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, February 11th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Medical Properties Trust from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 19th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Medical Properties Trust has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.75.

Shares of MPW stock opened at $18.30 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $6.78 billion, a PE ratio of 13.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.32 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89, a quick ratio of 5.22 and a current ratio of 5.22. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. has a 12-month low of $12.25 and a 12-month high of $18.60.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 7th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.31. The business had revenue of $180.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $179.68 million. Medical Properties Trust had a return on equity of 8.83% and a net margin of 129.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.37 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust, Inc. will post 1.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 11th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 13th. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.99%.

In other news, VP James Kevin Hanna sold 18,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.37, for a total transaction of $330,660.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 76,318 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,401,961.66. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.83% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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