Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) from Hold to Buy today. With a rating of Buy on the stock, Medical Properties Trust Inc. has a 52-week high of $15.92. The one-year price target of $15.83 is higher than the opening price of $14.32, that has caused a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Share prices often move to the upside on recommendations and new price targets of professional brokerage firms.

The Fed stood pat on interest rates on Wednesday, helping stocks to mostly higher levels but Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated an interest rate hike is likely by year’s end

On Wednesday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% ended 1.1% higher, while the Dow DJIA, +0.90% jumped by 0.9%, or 164 points, as each exchange finished in positive territory for a second consecutive day.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.03% tacked on 1% and scored a record closing high.

S&P 500 futures ESZ6, +0.36% were up 6.55 points, or 0.3%, to 2,162.75 early Thursday, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.37% rose 58 points, or 0.3%, to 18,276. Nasdaq-100 futures NQZ6, +0.39% gained 16.25 points, or 0.3%, to 4,866.25.

Shares of Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) opened at $14.32 yesterday trading between $14.17 and $14.58, and last traded at $14.51, which represents a spike of $0.18 compared to the previous closing price.

Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) currently has a market cap of 3.45B.

1,847,102 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 233,084,000. Trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days as investors often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all possible breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to demonstrate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they influence— traders are able to make make the best trades.

Trades for Medical Properties Trust Inc. (NYSE: MPW) have ranged from $9.61 – 15.92, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $15.03 and 200-day MA of $14.35. Today’s last price is 0.09% under the 52 week high of $15.92.

Earnings growth is an important factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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