On 11/20/12, Medical Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:MPW) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.20, payable on 1/5/13. As a percentage of MPW's recent stock price of $11.24, this dividend works out to approximately 1.78%, so look for shares of Medical Properties Trust Inc to trade 1.78% lower — all else being equal — when MPW shares open for trading on 11/20/12.
Below is a dividend history chart for MPW, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.20 declared by Medical Properties Trust Inc:
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from MPW is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 7.12% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward.
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