Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (MPW) EPS Estimated At $0.36; Associated Banc-corp (ASB) Shorts Increased By 1.43%

April 23, 2018 - By Henry Gaston

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Analysts expect Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) to report $0.36 EPS on May, 3.They anticipate $0.03 EPS change or 9.09% from last quarter’s $0.33 EPS. MPW’s profit would be $131.37M giving it 8.63 P/E if the $0.36 EPS is correct. After having $0.37 EPS previously, Medical Properties Trust, Inc.’s analysts see -2.70% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.08% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $12.43. About 58,935 shares traded. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has declined 1.18% since April 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 12.73% the S&P500.

Associated Banc-corp (NYSE:ASB) had an increase of 1.43% in short interest. ASB’s SI was 5.28M shares in April as released by FINRA. Its up 1.43% from 5.21M shares previously. With 1.70M avg volume, 3 days are for Associated Banc-corp (NYSE:ASB)’s short sellers to cover ASB’s short positions. The SI to Associated Banc-corp’s float is 3.56%. The stock increased 1.32% or $0.35 during the last trading session, reaching $26.85. About 50,247 shares traded. Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has risen 5.34% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 6.21% the S&P500.

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. The company has market cap of $4.54 billion. MPT??s financing model allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to unlock the value of their underlying real estate in order to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades, staff additions and new construction. It has a 15.16 P/E ratio. Facilities include acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and other medical and surgical facilities.

Among 14 analysts covering Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 36% are positive. Medical Properties Trust had 35 analyst reports since September 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Friday, January 5. The stock has “Buy” rating by Suntrust Robinson on Tuesday, May 24. The rating was downgraded by Wells Fargo to “Underperform” on Tuesday, December 13. Deutsche Bank downgraded Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) on Wednesday, January 10 to “Hold” rating. JMP Securities upgraded the stock to “Market Outperform” rating in Monday, July 17 report. The stock of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, June 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. BTIG Research initiated Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) on Thursday, August 25 with “Neutral” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Monday, November 9 report. The company was maintained on Monday, June 19 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was downgraded by Jefferies on Tuesday, January 12 to “Hold”.

Since February 14, 2018, it had 0 buys, and 2 selling transactions for $7.53 million activity. The insider Aldag Edward K JR sold $6.07M.

Investors sentiment is 1.23 in 2017 Q4. Its the same as in 2017Q3. It has no change, as 20 investors sold Medical Properties Trust, Inc. shares while 105 reduced holdings. only 47 funds opened positions while 107 raised stakes. 286.05 million shares or 1.77% less from 291.21 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Moreover, Smithfield has 0% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). Foundry Ptnrs Ltd holds 757,692 shares or 0.43% of its portfolio. Northern owns 8.08 million shares. Regions Fin holds 0% or 3,000 shares. Whittier Tru Of Nevada Inc invested in 0% or 2,500 shares. Putnam Invests Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 67,991 shares or 0% of the stock. Benjamin F Edwards & holds 2,495 shares. Great West Life Assurance Can reported 251,606 shares. 220,980 are held by Cubic Asset Management Limited Liability. Moreover, Group One Trading Limited Partnership has 0% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) for 6,029 shares. Cambridge Inv Rech Advisors Incorporated invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). Voya Invest Management Limited Liability Corp accumulated 97,677 shares. Huntington Comml Bank owns 10,805 shares. Barclays Pcl, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 34,848 shares. Prudential Financial, New Jersey-based fund reported 4.29M shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.34 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.22, from 1.12 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 20 investors sold Associated Banc-Corp shares while 63 reduced holdings. 36 funds opened positions while 75 raised stakes. 117.28 million shares or 2.35% more from 114.59 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Citadel Ltd Com reported 82,927 shares. New York State Common Retirement Fund invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Gateway Invest Advisers Lc invested in 0.07% or 304,439 shares. Northern Tru invested in 0.01% or 1.16M shares. Principal Fincl has invested 0.02% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). One Association holds 0.17% or 99,255 shares. Geode Mgmt Limited Company accumulated 1.29 million shares. First Trust L P holds 365,857 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Parametric Associates Ltd has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Riverhead Capital Mgmt Lc reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Texas Permanent School Fund reported 0.03% stake. Pzena Mgmt Lc owns 2.35 million shares for 0.29% of their portfolio. First Citizens Comml Bank & has 10,882 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. New York-based Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co has invested 1.12% in Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB). Us Financial Bank De holds 0.01% or 189,413 shares in its portfolio.

Among 16 analysts covering Associated Banc (NYSE:ASB), 3 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 19% are positive. Associated Banc had 46 analyst reports since October 9, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, September 22 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The rating was upgraded by SunTrust to “Buy” on Thursday, March 30. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, December 21 by Suntrust Robinson. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Thursday, April 19 report. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) on Monday, August 21 with “Hold” rating. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, January 12 by Piper Jaffray. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 2 by Barclays Capital. On Thursday, January 25 the stock rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold”. On Friday, August 25 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Hold”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America on Thursday, December 15.

Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company, provides various banking and nonbanking products to individuals and businesses primarily in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The company has market cap of $4.58 billion. The Company’s Corporate and Commercial Specialty segment offers deposit and cash management solutions, such as commercial checking and interest-bearing deposit products, cash vault and night depository services, liquidity solutions, payables and receivables solutions, and information services; and lending solutions, including commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate financing, construction loans, letters of credit, leasing, asset based lending, and loan syndications. It has a 18.91 P/E ratio. This segment also provides specialized financial services that comprise interest rate risk management, foreign exchange solutions, and commodity hedging services.

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