Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado reduced its position in Vantiv Inc. (NYSE:VNTV) by 0.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 254,389 shares of the company’s stock after selling 176 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado owned about 0.16% of Vantiv worth $14,398,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Aperio Group LLC raised its position in shares of Vantiv by 47.7% in the first quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 14,746 shares of the company’s stock valued at $795,000 after buying an additional 4,762 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of Vantiv by 6.2% in the first quarter. Teachers Advisors Inc. now owns 533,829 shares of the company’s stock valued at $28,763,000 after buying an additional 31,249 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its position in shares of Vantiv by 1.2% in the first quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 54,850 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,955,000 after buying an additional 630 shares in the last quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. raised its position in shares of Vantiv by 9.3% in the first quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 1,083,380 shares of the company’s stock valued at $58,373,000 after buying an additional 92,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Vantiv by 17.6% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 152,281 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,205,000 after buying an additional 22,782 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.57% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV)

Vantiv Inc. (NYSE:VNTV) traded up 0.46% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $56.26. 606,797 shares of the company were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average is $54.72 and its 200 day moving average is $54.85. Vantiv Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.01 and a 12-month high of $59.62. The company has a market capitalization of $8.76 billion, a P/E ratio of 46.69 and a beta of 0.59.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.68 by $0.02. Vantiv had a net margin of 5.67% and a return on equity of 36.56%. The firm had revenue of $891 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $465.66 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.56 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 13.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Vantiv Inc. will post $2.66 EPS for the current year.

VNTV has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Piper Jaffray Cos. reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Vantiv in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Vantiv from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 30th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Vantiv in a report on Saturday, July 9th. Pacific Crest reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Vantiv in a report on Monday, July 11th. Finally, Knight Equity reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Vantiv in a report on Sunday, July 24th. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. Vantiv has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $56.93.

In other news, SVP Christopher A. Thompson sold 2,188 shares of Vantiv stock in a transaction on Monday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.89, for a total transaction of $117,911.32. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 12,488 shares in the company, valued at $672,978.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Matt Taylor sold 162,576 shares of Vantiv stock in a transaction on Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.05, for a total transaction of $9,600,112.80. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 70,435 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,159,186.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.32% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Vantiv Company Profile

Vantiv, Inc (Vantiv) is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC (Vantiv Holding). The Company is a payment processor, merchant acquirer and personal identification number (PIN) debit acquirer. The Company operates through two segments: Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services.

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