MFA Financial (MFA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research firm 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 positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.5288739591949 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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

Shares of MFA Financial stock opened at $7.64 on Monday. MFA Financial has a one year low of $6.72 and a one year high of $8.90. The stock has a market cap of $3,043.96, a P/E ratio of 9.67 and a beta of 0.45.

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

The business also recently announced 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 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 10.47%. 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 bought 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were acquired at an average price of $7.30 per share, with a total value of $58,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.

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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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