Investors Buy Large Volume of Medical Properties Trust Call Options (MPW)

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Friday. Stock investors acquired 510 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately Infinity compared to the average daily volume of 0 call options.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Ffcm LLC purchased a new stake in Medical Properties Trust in the 3rd quarter valued at $116,000. IFP Advisors Inc raised its position in Medical Properties Trust by 12.1% during the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 10,102 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $130,000 after buying an additional 1,093 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth $132,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth $136,000. Finally, Cetera Investment Advisers purchased a new position in Medical Properties Trust during the 2nd quarter worth $141,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.73% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust (MPW) opened at $13.61 on Wednesday. Medical Properties Trust has a 12-month low of $11.57 and a 12-month high of $14.22. The company has a market cap of $4,937.96, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.51, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a current ratio of 2.55 and a quick ratio of 2.55.

Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.01. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 39.95% and a return on equity of 7.36%. The firm had revenue of $176.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $172.57 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.30 EPS. Medical Properties Trust’s revenue for the quarter was up 39.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Medical Properties Trust will post 1.31 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 7th will be given a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.05%. Medical Properties Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 126.32%.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.18.

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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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