Influential Analyst Rating Changes: Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2017

Shares of Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) traded down 0.24% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $28.96.

Hospitality Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust.

Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 10th. It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500.The move comes after 6 months positive chart setup for the $1.11 billion company.

Manikay Partners Llc increased Liberty Tripadvisor Hldgs In (LTRPA) stake by 80.32% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing.

Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. The Manikay Partners Llc holds 625,000 shares with $7.25 million value, up from 346,600 last quarter. Liberty Tripadvisor Hldgs In now has $923.14M valuation. The stock declined 2.78% or $0.35 reaching $12.25 on the news. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 23rd will be paid a dividend of 0.52 per share by the real estate investment trust on Thursday, November 16th. (NASDAQ:VSAT) has declined 11.76% since October 12, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 51.15% the S&P500. ValuEngine upgraded Medical Properties Trust from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. HPT was included in 19 notes of analysts from August 11, 2015. FBR Capital upgraded Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) on Friday, November 11 to "Outperform" rating. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Wednesday, January 18 by Miller Tabak. Level 3 Communications Inc (NYSE:LVLT) was reduced too.

Among 12 analysts covering Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW), 6 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 83% are positive.

Traders are a little more bullish on Medical Properties Trust, Inc. of late if you take a look at the motion in short interest. The firm has "Underperform" rating given on Tuesday, December 22 by RBC Capital Markets. The company was initiated on Thursday, August 25 by BTIG Research. Hospitality Properties Trust has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus price target of $32.29. The stock of Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT) has "Underperform" rating given on Monday, January 11 by RBC Capital Markets. The Virginia-based Virginia Retirement System Et Al has invested 0.05% in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Hospitality Properties Trust's payout ratio is now 258.23%. (NYSE:MPW) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, April 7 by Jefferies. Jefferies maintained the shares of MPW in report on Monday, July 10 with "Buy" rating. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Its down 2.29% from 26.07 million shares previously. 85,000 shares were sold by HAMNER R STEVEN, worth $1.14M on Wednesday, June 14.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.33 in Q2 2017. With short interest at 23,625,790 and short average daily volume at 1,592,427, the short-interest ratio is 15.0 and the short interest percentage is 0.07% as of September 29. It improved, as 27 investors sold Hospitality Properties Trust shares while 96 reduced holdings. The active investment managers in our partner's database reported: 121.82 million shares, down from 123.51 million shares in 2017Q1. Invesco Limited owns 953,789 shares for 0% of their portfolio. Cibc Asset Mngmt holds 0% of its portfolio in Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG) for 8,729 shares. Lazard Asset Management Ltd has invested 0% in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Parametric Associate Limited Liability Corp invested 0.03% in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Royal Bancshares Of Canada holds 0% or 267,962 shares in its portfolio. Kames Public Limited reported 456,478 shares. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) holds 0.09% or 8,000 shares. (NYSE:MPW). Creative Planning has invested 0% of its portfolio in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 117,787 shares. Arrow Invest Advisors Limited Company has invested 0.16% of its portfolio in Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ:HPT). Moreover, Martingale Asset Management Ltd Partnership has 0.03% invested in City Office REIT Inc (NYSE:CIO). First Midwest Bank Tru Division invested in 0.16% or 43,351 shares.

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