Investors bought shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) on weakness during trading hours on Monday. $52.73 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $36.22 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $16.51 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ventas had the 27th highest net in-flow for the day. Ventas traded down ($1.13) for the day and closed at $50.46

A number of research firms have commented on VTR. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Mizuho set a $53.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $54.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Citigroup cut their price objective on shares of Ventas from $66.00 to $52.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a research note on Tuesday. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.31.

The firm has a market cap of $17,650.00 and a P/E ratio of 29.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.46.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03. Ventas had a net margin of 37.95% and a return on equity of 5.99%. The company had revenue of $895.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $895.92 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.58 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.06 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.79 per share. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. Ventas’s payout ratio is 188.10%.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. HL Financial Services LLC raised its position in shares of Ventas by 7.3% during the third quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 11,894 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $775,000 after buying an additional 807 shares during the last quarter. Camden National Bank grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 0.6% in the third quarter. Camden National Bank now owns 138,409 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $9,015,000 after purchasing an additional 807 shares in the last quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 22.5% in the second quarter. Verition Fund Management LLC now owns 4,394 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $305,000 after purchasing an additional 808 shares in the last quarter. Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting Co. MI ADV grew its holdings in shares of Ventas by 9.9% in the third quarter. Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting Co. MI ADV now owns 9,895 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $644,000 after purchasing an additional 895 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its stake in Ventas by 2.4% during the third quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 38,024 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,477,000 after buying an additional 903 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.05% of the company’s stock.

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About Ventas

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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