WBA - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
-1.19 (-1.87%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close63.60
Bid62.41 x 3000
Ask63.44 x 1100
Day's Range62.38 - 63.94
52 Week Range59.07 - 86.31
Avg. Volume5,879,055
Market Cap58.88B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.82
PE Ratio (TTM)11.48
EPS (TTM)5.44
Earnings DateApr 2, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.76 (2.77%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-14
1y Target Est74.09
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And, as we know, the elderly population requires the most attentive healthcare … no wonder healthcare spending is climbing.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter While this sounds bleak, there is a silver lining here for us as investors. And no, I'm not suggesting that we look at gym companies (although I am poking around at that market with some innovations that I'll be writing about in Profitable Investing in the near future). Rather, I'm suggesting that investing in healthcare stocks that pay dividends is a smart source for capital gains … WP Carey Click to Enlarge Source: Bloomberg One healthcare stock, in particular, comes to mind … I'm referring to WP Carey (NYSE:WPC), which I've written about extensively for InvestorPlace.WP Carey is a REIT, which since coming to the public market, has generated a return of 1,348.28% for an average annual equivalent return of 13.46%. 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Scroll down to discover what it is … Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Click to Enlarge Source: Bloomberg Medical Properties Trust (NYSE:MPW) has properties that are leased on a net basis to operators that run the facilities and pay rent month after month for years. The portfolio has expanded dramatically over the recent year with only a small pause in the past year. But it continues to look to expand its portfolio with the right properties in an ever-expanding market.Revenues are climbing with gains running at over 11.30% in just the trailing year. And the funds from operations (FFO) which measures just the return rate from the cashflows from the property portfolio is ample at 11.60%, which is impressive for the REIT space. This contributes to an impressive return on its assets at 11.40% and is what delivers for shareholders with a return on equity of 24.30%.And the stock continues to reflect its performance as a company. Over the past ten years, the stock has delivered a total return of 994.12% for an average annual equivalent of 26.79%. It is a disciplined company when it comes to debt and leverage as its debt to capital is at only 47.00%. This provides the ability to easily service its current debts and provides eased access for credit to fund additional acquisitions. Valued at only 1.49 times its book value, MPW is a steal from a price-book (P/B) perspective. This ratio has climbed significantly over the trailing year, from 1.14 times back in October 2018.But it isn't just the P/B ratio that's rising, but the actual value of the assets. Over the past five years alone, the underlying book value per share has gone from $7.98 to a current $12.27, which represents an impressive gain of 53.76%. This is important as it shows genuine growth in the underlying company and not just the stock price. 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