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Medical Properties Trust Inc

Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 5,600 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock worth $117,000 after buying an additional 1,400 shares during the period. WFG Advisors LP now owns 7,642 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock worth $160,000 after buying an additional 3,432 shares during the period. Greenwich Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Medical Properties Trust during the first quarter valued at about $141,000. WFG Advisors LP increased its position in Government Properties Income Trust by 81.5% in the first quarter. The firm owned 39,200 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock after buying an additional 10,200 shares during the period. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. acquired a new position in Government Properties Income Trust during the first quarter valued at approximately $127,000.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. The stock appeared $24.61 above its 52-week highs and is down -0.28% for the last five trades. The overall volume in the last trading session was 1.49 million shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.77 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.05 and a beta of 1.04. The stock volatility for week was 2.99% while for month was 2.17%.The stock, as of last close, traded 2.76% to its 52 week low and was changed -27.51% from its 52 week high. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $12.96 and a 200 day moving average of $13.05.

Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE:GOV) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The real estate investment trust reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts' consensus estimates of $0.33. The business had revenue of $156.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $156.91 million. Medical Properties Trust had a net margin of 41.79% and a return on equity of 7.94%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.35 EPS. Next quarter's EPS is estimated at $0.08 with next year's EPS projected to be $0.28. Analysts predict that Medical Properties Trust will post $0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. This represents a $1.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 9.48%. Government Properties Income Trust's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -76.11%.

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Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. BidaskClub upgraded Medical Properties Trust from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th.

09/24/2014 - Government Properties Income Trust was downgraded to " by analysts at Zacks. Stifel Nicolaus restated a "hold" rating and set a $13.00 target price on shares of Medical Properties Trust in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a "sell" rating and issued a $15.00 target price on shares of Government Properties Income Trust in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Analysts have a mean recommendation of 3.50 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range). FBR & Co reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $23.00 price objective (down previously from $25.00) on shares of Government Properties Income Trust in a report on Wednesday, July 5th.

In other Medical Properties Trust news, CFO R Steven Hamner sold 85,000 shares of Medical Properties Trust stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.36, for a total transaction of $1,135,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Institutional investors own 78.58% of the company's stock.

According to Zacks, "Medical Properties Trust, Inc.is a Birmingham, Alabama based self-advised real estate investment trust formed to capitalize on the changing trends in healthcare delivery by acquiring and developing net-leased healthcare facilities". 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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