NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Medical Properties

(NYSE:

MPW

) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $12.03, above its previous 52-week high of $12 with 459,922 shares traded as of 1:26 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 611,200 shares over the past 30 days.

Medical has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

real estate

industry. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. The company has a P/E ratio of 99.6, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 54.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Medical as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full

Medical Ratings Report

.

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