Peel Hunt Reconfirms a “Buy” Rating on Grainger PLC (LON:GRI); Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Sellers Decreased By 19.89% Their Shorts

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Medical Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:MPW) had a decrease of 19.89% in short interest. MPW’s SI was 23.14 million shares in May as released by FINRA. Its down 19.89% from 28.89M shares previously. With 2.99 million avg volume, 8 days are for Medical Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:MPW)’s short sellers to cover MPW’s short positions. The stock decreased 0.67% or $0.09 during the last trading session, reaching $13.3. About 1.39 million shares traded. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) has declined 1.18% since May 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 12.73% the S&P500.

Grainger PLC (LON:GRI) had its stock rating reiterated as “Buy” by stock research analysts at Peel Hunt. This was shown in an analyst note on Tuesday, 15 May.

Grainger plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns, develops, manages, and rents residential properties in the United Kingdom The firm operates through three divisions: Residential, Development, and Funds. The company has market cap of 1.32 billion GBP. It also provides fund management, asset management, and property management services. It has a 17.74 P/E ratio.

The stock increased 0.23% or GBX 0.72 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 317.52. About 26,773 shares traded. Grainger plc (LON:GRI) has 0.00% since May 15, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 11.55% the S&P500.

Among 9 analysts covering Grainger (LON:GRI), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Therefore 67% are positive. Grainger has GBX 356 highest and GBX 199 lowest target. GBX 298.89’s average target is -5.87% below currents GBX 317.52 stock price. Grainger had 94 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Peel Hunt maintained it with “Hold” rating and GBX 250 target in Thursday, May 19 report. The company was maintained on Friday, November 20 by JP Morgan. Peel Hunt maintained Grainger plc (LON:GRI) on Monday, November 28 with “Hold” rating. The stock of Grainger plc (LON:GRI) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, November 24 by Peel Hunt. The company was upgraded on Thursday, February 2 by Peel Hunt. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Grainger plc (LON:GRI) on Tuesday, August 25 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Grainger plc (LON:GRI) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, February 1 by Numis Securities. Jefferies maintained Grainger plc (LON:GRI) on Friday, December 1 with “Hold” rating. Numis Securities maintained it with “Buy” rating and GBX 300 target in Wednesday, September 27 report. Peel Hunt maintained it with “Hold” rating and GBX 250 target in Tuesday, October 11 report.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company has market cap of $4.85 billion. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. It has a 16.22 P/E ratio. The firm also provides mortgage loans to healthcare operators, as well as working capital and other term loans to its tenants/borrowers.

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. Atlantic Tru Group Incorporated Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 1,000 shares stake. Ameriprise Financial holds 1.36M shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Mutual Of America Mngmt Limited Company holds 613,930 shares. Moreover, Quantitative Investment Management has 0.06% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). Lsv Asset has 0.19% invested in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). 15,434 are owned by Connable Office. 164,982 were accumulated by Public Employees Retirement System Of Ohio. Riverhead Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability Corp holds 0.03% or 46,577 shares in its portfolio. First Dallas stated it has 7,709 shares. Rafferty Asset Mngmt Ltd Liability Company accumulated 79,008 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Menta Limited Liability has 26,300 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio. Ing Groep Nv, a Netherlands-based fund reported 19,282 shares. Los Angeles Mngmt & Equity, California-based fund reported 85,340 shares. Asset Mngmt reported 0.02% in Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW). Eii reported 0.29% stake.

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 has $16 highest and $12.50 lowest target. $13.90’s average target is 4.51% above currents $13.3 stock price. Medical Properties Trust had 35 analyst reports since September 17, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Tuesday, May 24, the company rating was initiated by Suntrust Robinson. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Monday, August 28. The firm has “Hold” rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets given on Monday, October 16. As per Monday, July 24, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. As per Friday, September 15, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The stock of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MPW) earned “Market Outperform” rating by JMP Securities on Monday, July 17. The firm has “Outperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, November 9. The company was downgraded on Friday, January 5 by Robert W. Baird. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Tuesday, December 13 by Wells Fargo. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Monday, November 7 by Stifel Nicolaus.

Since February 14, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 2 selling transactions for $7.53 million activity. Another trade for 489,971 shares valued at $6.07 million was made by Aldag Edward K JR on Wednesday, February 14.

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