Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact MFA Financial (MFA) Stock Price

Media coverage about MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MFA Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.5288739591949 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

MFA Financial (NYSE:MFA) opened at $7.50 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $2,980.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.49 and a beta of 0.45. MFA Financial has a 12 month low of $6.72 and a 12 month high of $8.90.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 29th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 10.67%. MFA Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 101.27%.

MFA has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. 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. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of MFA Financial from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $8.81.

In other news, CEO Craig L. Knutson acquired 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were bought at an average cost of $7.30 per share, with a total value of $58,400.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through 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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