MFA Financial (MFA) Receiving Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a news sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.301285872391 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Several research analysts have issued reports on MFA shares. Zacks Investment Research cut MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. B. Riley set a $8.00 target price on MFA Financial and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. MFA Financial has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $8.81.

NYSE MFA opened at $7.47 on Friday. MFA Financial has a 52 week low of $6.72 and a 52 week high of $8.90. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,996.15, a PE ratio of 9.46 and a beta of 0.33.

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 15th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.04. MFA Financial had a return on equity of 10.04% and a net margin of 69.87%. The firm had revenue of $52.41 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.10 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.18 earnings per share. research analysts expect that MFA Financial will post 0.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 29th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.71%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. MFA Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 101.27%.

In related news, CEO Craig L. Knutson acquired 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $7.30 per share, with a total value of $58,400.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.68% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About MFA Financial

MFA Financial, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in residential mortgage assets, including non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), agency MBS, residential whole loans, credit risk transfer securities, and mortgage servicing rights related assets.

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