MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] is 19.54% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

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MFA Financial Inc. [NYSE: MFA] gained 0.22% or 0.01 points to close at $4.65 with a heavy trading volume of 2414093 shares. The company report on December 15, 2021 that MFA Financial, Inc. Elects Sheila A. Stamps to Board of Directors.

MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Sheila A. Stamps to its Board effective immediately.


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“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Sheila to the MFA Board,” said Laurie Goodman, MFA’s Board Chair. “Her extensive involvement across a broad mix of industries, as well as her experience in strategy, business development, risk management and regulatory matters, will provide significant benefits to MFA’s management team, Board and stockholders. We look forward to having Sheila’s expertise and perspective as we diversify and further strengthen our Board with her addition.”.

It opened the trading session at $4.65, the shares rose to $4.67 and dropped to $4.61, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MFA points out that the company has recorded 1.31% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -28.81% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 3.08M shares, MFA reached to a volume of 2414093 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MFA shares is $4.96 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MFA stock is a recommendation set at 2.30. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Raymond James have made an estimate for MFA Financial Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on December 08, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on November 08, 2021, representing the official price target for MFA Financial Inc. stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MFA Financial Inc. is set at 0.12, with the Price to Sales ratio for MFA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.38. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.79, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.20.

Trading performance analysis for MFA stock

MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.87. With this latest performance, MFA shares gained by 5.68% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1.31% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 21.09% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MFA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 56.26, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 58.33, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.64 for MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 4.53, while it was recorded at 4.65 for the last single week of trading, and 4.52 for the last 200 days.

MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] shares currently have an operating margin of +25.75 and a Gross Margin at +82.34. MFA Financial Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -297.22.

Return on Total Capital for MFA is now 0.58, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -12.84. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -23.00, with Return on Assets sitting at -6.63. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 171.77. Additionally, MFA Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 63.20, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 62.56. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 171.79, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 63.20.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] managed to generate an average of -$11,923,140 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 1.90 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.02.

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An analysis of insider ownership at MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]

There are presently around $1,295 million, or 64.10% of MFA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MFA stocks are: STARWOOD CAPITAL GROUP MANAGEMENT, L.L.C. with ownership of 42,554,179, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 0.59% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 41,370,570 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $191.96 million in MFA stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $181.96 million in MFA stock with ownership of nearly -3.194% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in MFA Financial Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 99 institutional holders increased their position in MFA Financial Inc. [NYSE:MFA] by around 19,270,541 shares. Additionally, 97 investors decreased positions by around 15,047,733 shares, while 36 investors held positions by with 244,818,498 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 279,136,772 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MFA stock had 30 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,860,005 shares, while 23 institutional investors sold positions of 1,892,012 shares during the same period.