Market Analysts see MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] gaining to $5.25. Time to buy?



MFA Financial Inc. [NYSE: MFA] plunged by -$1.01 during the normal trading session on Thursday and reaching a high of $10.80 during the day while it closed the day at $9.92. The company report on June 15, 2022 that MFA Financial, Inc. Announces Dividend of $0.44 per Share.

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MFA Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MFA) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular cash dividend for the second quarter of 2022 of $0.44 per share of common stock.  The dividend will be paid on July 29, 2022, to common stockholders of record on June 30, 2022.

MFA Financial, Inc. is a leading specialty finance company that invests in and finances residential mortgage assets.  MFA invests, on a leveraged basis, in residential whole loans, residential mortgage-backed securities and other real estate assets.  Through its subsidiaries, MFA also originates and services business purpose loans for real estate investors.  MFA is an internally-managed, publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

MFA Financial Inc. stock has also loss -27.17% of its value over the past 7 days. However, MFA stock has declined by -41.09% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -45.85% and lost -45.61% year-on date.

The market cap for MFA stock reached $1.04 billion, with 106.57 million shares outstanding and 101.83 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.64M shares, MFA reached a trading volume of 4357653 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $17.45 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 2.50. 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 0.55, with the Price to Sales ratio for MFA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.39. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.45, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.90.

MFA stock trade performance evaluation

MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -27.17. With this latest performance, MFA shares dropped by -27.70% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -45.85% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -46.78% 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 17.32, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 11.47, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 21.90 for MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 13.77, while it was recorded at 11.30 for the last single week of trading, and 16.82 for the last 200 days.

MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and MFA Financial Inc. [MFA] shares currently have an operating margin of +87.32 and a Gross Margin at +92.33. MFA Financial Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +67.13.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 12.94, with Return on Assets sitting at 4.08.

MFA Financial Inc. [MFA]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $776 million, or 63.90% 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 10,638,545, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 0.60% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 10,040,156 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $109.74 million in MFA stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $97.79 million in MFA stock with ownership of nearly -7.25% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in MFA Financial Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 95 institutional holders increased their position in MFA Financial Inc. [NYSE:MFA] by around 10,635,991 shares. Additionally, 130 investors decreased positions by around 8,995,726 shares, while 26 investors held positions by with 51,378,963 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 71,010,680 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MFA stock had 29 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,332,737 shares, while 57 institutional investors sold positions of 4,178,696 shares during the same period.