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Volume Buzzers: Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) and Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW)

on 12/04/2013

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Stocks that are being watched this morning are: Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) , Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX)


Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW) was lowered by equities research experts at Bank of America, from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note published to investors on Friday, reports.

The experts mentioned that they were lowering MPW to an Underperform rating, from a Neutral rating, because of valuation.

Year to date, Medical Properties Trust (MPW) has been one of the top performing stocks in the REIT sector, moving +38% in contrast to +19% for health care REITs and +13% for all REITs.

How experts look at Medical Properties Trust stock? Find out here

Experts now predict 0% total return from their $16 price objective. We consider FFO multiple expansion has topped fundamental trends.

MPW is now changing hands at 14.8 for 2013 FFO, close to its peak FFO multiple, in contrast to its 5-year and 10-year averages of 10.7. As well, predictions for accretive takeovers are very high for the stock.

A Chilean court’s suspension of construction of Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE:ABX)‘s $8 billion, border-straddling mine on the huge back of the Andes is only the most recent hinderance in Latin America for the world’s biggest gold miner.

Barrick (ABX) also witnesses increasing environmental opposition in Argentina, which shares the Pascua-Lama mine venture and the Dominican Republic’s government is persisting on rewriting the royalty deal for its $4 billion Pueblo Viejo mine.

The Canadian firm’s troubles mirror hiked risks for the industry in Latin America, where officials were taking a deeper look at how mining is managed and taxed.

Which recent setback was observed by Barrick Gold? Find out here


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Source: anotherwinningtrade Posted Fri, April 12, 2013 16:19 - Permalink