How MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) Works From A Technical Perspective

MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE:MFA) finished Thursday with a subtraction of $0.0 to close at $4.62, a downside of 0.00 percent. An average of 2,750,400 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.05 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 2,941,755 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 2,813,502.

MFA stock has decreased by -0.43% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $4.52 on 09/20/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 06/09/21, shares of the company touched a low of $2.66 and a high of $4.90 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -5.71% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8.38, which compares with the 21.25 for the broader industry and 37.66 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, MFA Financial Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 12.08 and 0.45. The stock’s beta is 1.74. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 4.47, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 0.81.

MFA Financial Inc. pays a $0.40 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 8.66%. The company has a payout ratio of 53.60%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was $0.10 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.0250 reported on Wednesday June 16 2021. Dividends have grown by -59.38% each year over the last three years.

MFA Financial Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 30-Dec. The next dividend payment MFA Financial Inc. will make is expected to be $0.10.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 1.75 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.00 For the recent quarter ending June 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $217.87 million compared to revenue of $359.38 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, MFA Financial Inc.’s return on assets was 3.50%, compared to 0.6% over the last five years. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 9.90% and the 5-year average holds at 3.0%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 7.37 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated MFA Financial Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.09 per share, but it turned out to be $0.13, a 44.40% surprise. For the recent quarter, EBITDA amounted to $70.63 million. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, MFA Financial Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $4.47 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $440.81 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 07 October was 45.67%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 12.88%.

As of today, MFA’s price is $4.62 +1.09% or $0.05 from its 5-day moving average. MFA is currently trading -0.65% lower than its 20-day SMA and +5.96% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -1.28% below the SMA50 and +19.69% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 38.10% and 36.90%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.09. With the 14-day stochastic at 35.71% and the average true range at 0.09, the RSI (14) stands at 46.97%. The stock has reached -0.01 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.02.

Analyst Ratings

Keefe Bruyette upgraded MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE: MFA) to a an Outperform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a a Mkt perform.The consensus rating for MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell MFA, while 3 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 3 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is MFA’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $4.50 and $5.25, with a median target of $4.75. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) stock is $4.80.


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