Press coverage about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to AlphaOne. The research firm, a division of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a daily sentiment score of 0.05 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 70 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BMO Capital Markets restated a “sell” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. They issued a “hold” rating and a $64.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $58.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Friday, April 7th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc cut shares of Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $56.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and ten have issued a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $63.78.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) traded down 0.26% on Friday, reaching $65.78. 1,655,488 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Ventas has a 52 week low of $56.20 and a 52 week high of $76.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $23.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.42 and a beta of 0.08. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $63.41 and a 200-day moving average price of $63.03.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its earnings results on Friday, February 10th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.01. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.42% and a net margin of 18.85%. The company earned $875.71 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $843.40 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.37 EPS. Ventas’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Ventas will post $1.70 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 7th were issued a dividend of $0.775 per share. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.71%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 3rd. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 166.67%.

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Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc is a 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 office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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