Traders bought shares of Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $66.21 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $50.63 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $15.58 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Vantiv had the 25th highest net in-flow for the day. Vantiv traded down ($0.05) for the day and closed at $75.66

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on VNTV shares. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Friday, September 29th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 price objective on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Citigroup reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price objective on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Monday, September 25th. BidaskClub cut Vantiv from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, Buckingham Research started coverage on Vantiv in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $78.00 price objective on the stock. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.69.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.45, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.72. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,450.00, a P/E ratio of 52.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.58.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The business services provider reported $0.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.89 by $0.01. Vantiv had a return on equity of 41.19% and a net margin of 6.07%. The business had revenue of $1.03 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $551.77 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.71 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.1% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Vantiv Inc will post 3.16 earnings per share for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. raised its stake in Vantiv by 4,007.5% in the 3rd quarter. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. now owns 132,385 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $9,329,000 after acquiring an additional 129,162 shares during the period. Strs Ohio raised its stake in Vantiv by 46.6% in the 3rd quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 1,212,560 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $85,449,000 after acquiring an additional 385,704 shares during the period. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. bought a new stake in Vantiv in the 3rd quarter valued at $326,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC acquired a new position in Vantiv in the 2nd quarter valued at $51,274,000. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its holdings in Vantiv by 25.4% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 9,823,200 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $697,053,000 after buying an additional 1,988,656 shares in the last quarter.

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Vantiv Company Profile

Vantiv, Inc is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider.

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