Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR) was downgraded by equities researchers at Mizuho from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. They currently have a $63.00 price target on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Mizuho’s target price points to a potential upside of 4.03% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Hilliard Lyons upgraded Ventas from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 11th. Zacks Investment Research cut Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 9th. BMO Capital Markets cut Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $65.00 to $55.00 in a research note on Tuesday, November 8th. Jefferies Group raised Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $65.00 to $75.00 in a research note on Thursday, October 20th. Finally, Argus reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Ventas in a research note on Monday, August 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $64.50.

Analyst Recommendations for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

Shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) opened at 60.56 on Monday. Ventas has a 52 week low of $46.87 and a 52 week high of $76.80. The company has a market cap of $21.44 billion, a PE ratio of 36.68 and a beta of 0.18. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $64.68 and its 200-day moving average price is $69.23.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.02. Ventas had a return on equity of 5.76% and a net margin of 16.61%. The company earned $867.12 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $842.66 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.09 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Ventas will post $4.12 EPS for the current year.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 3.0% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 47,121,460 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,431,385,000 after buying an additional 1,388,990 shares during the period. FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 0.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 19,342,806 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,408,544,000 after buying an additional 149,224 shares during the period. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 0.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 13,250,853 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $964,927,000 after buying an additional 120,258 shares during the period. BlackRock Fund Advisors raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 5.6% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 12,509,088 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $883,517,000 after buying an additional 660,370 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 3.9% in the third quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 6,619,705 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $467,550,000 after buying an additional 245,910 shares during the period. 89.55% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc is a healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and MOB operations. In its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company acquires and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

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