Envestnet Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 4.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 106,987 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 4,943 shares during the period. Envestnet Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $6,957,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. William Harris Investors Inc. raised its stake in Ventas by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. William Harris Investors Inc. now owns 4,727 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $295,000 after buying an additional 15 shares in the last quarter. Capital Innovations LLC raised its stake in Ventas by 0.4% in the third quarter. Capital Innovations LLC now owns 5,686 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $402,000 after buying an additional 20 shares in the last quarter. Keybank National Association OH raised its stake in Ventas by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Keybank National Association OH now owns 6,216 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $389,000 after buying an additional 59 shares in the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its stake in Ventas by 2.7% in the first quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 2,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $158,000 after buying an additional 65 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Bank & Trust raised its stake in Ventas by 0.6% in the first quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 11,555 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $752,000 after buying an additional 66 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.98% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) traded down 0.98% during trading on Monday, reaching $66.58. 1,573,067 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $23.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.83 and a beta of 0.08. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $65.23 and its 200-day moving average price is $62.72. Ventas, Inc. has a 52 week low of $56.20 and a 52 week high of $76.80.

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

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

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A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. BMO Capital Markets restated a “sell” rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. Jefferies Group LLC raised their target price on shares of Ventas from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. SunTrust Banks, Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $64.00 target price on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc lowered shares of Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, March 27th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $65.25.

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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