News headlines about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.6601680318011 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- Pre-Market Technical Scan on REIT Equities — CYS Investments, Lexington Realty Trust, MFA Financial, and MTGE Investment (forextv.com)
- Analysts Alert: MFA Financial Inc (MFA) – ExpertGazette (expertgazette.com)
- MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) presents Dividend Yield at the rate of 10.47% – Nasdaq Chronicle (nasdaqchronicle.com)
- Hold Recommendation?: MFA Financial, Inc. (MFA) – Nasdaq Chronicle (nasdaqchronicle.com)
- Volatile Stock in List: MFA Financial Inc (MFA) – Emn News (emnnews.com)
MFA Financial stock opened at $7.46 on Thursday. MFA Financial has a 1-year low of $6.72 and a 1-year high of $8.90. The stock has a market cap of $2,992.16, a P/E ratio of 9.44 and a beta of 0.45.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 29th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.72%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. MFA Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 101.27%.
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 13th. B. Riley set a $8.00 target price on shares of MFA Financial and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. MFA Financial has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $8.81.
In other news, CEO Craig L. Knutson purchased 8,000 shares of MFA Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.30 per share, with a total value of $58,400.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.92% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
About MFA Financial
MFA Financial, Inc is engaged in the real estate finance business. The Company’s subsidiaries invest in residential mortgage assets, including Non-Agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Agency MBS, residential whole loans and credit risk transfer (CRT) securities. The Company’s Non-Agency MBS portfolio primarily consists of Legacy Non-Agency MBS and 3 Year Step-up securities.
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