News articles about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. The research group, a division of Accern, ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 57 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) opened at 66.58 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $23.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.83 and a beta of 0.08. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $65.23 and a 200 day moving average of $62.72. Ventas has a 12 month low of $56.20 and a 12 month high of $76.80.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its earnings results on Friday, April 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.58. The business had revenue of $883.44 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $873.56 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.42% and a net margin of 18.85%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.04 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Ventas will post $1.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, June 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.775 per share. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, June 2nd. Ventas’s payout ratio is 166.67%.

Several research firms have issued reports on VTR. Goldman Sachs Group Inc lowered 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. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $58.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. SunTrust Banks, Inc. started coverage on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $64.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered shares of Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have given a hold rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $65.25.

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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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