United Asset Strategies Inc. raised its position in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 9.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 10,147 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 847 shares during the period. United Asset Strategies Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $694,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Ventas by 0.4% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 36,891,328 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,354,034,000 after buying an additional 158,707 shares during the period. Centersquare Investment Management LLC boosted its holdings in Ventas by 397.7% in the first quarter. Centersquare Investment Management LLC now owns 19,394,456 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $333,092,000 after purchasing an additional 15,497,390 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA boosted its holdings in Ventas by 0.3% in the first quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 6,320,554 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $403,315,000 after purchasing an additional 17,658 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp boosted its holdings in Ventas by 0.3% in the first quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 6,068,696 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $387,243,000 after purchasing an additional 16,774 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Ventas by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 5,762,889 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $337,172,000 after purchasing an additional 467,757 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.18% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on VTR. Bank of America reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $72.50 target price (up from $67.00) on shares of Ventas in a report on Friday, June 21st. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $73.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Monday, July 29th. Citigroup upgraded Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $67.00 to $76.00 in a report on Wednesday, June 19th. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on Ventas to $71.00 and gave the company an “in-line” rating in a report on Thursday, June 20th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $65.00 to $74.00 in a report on Wednesday, June 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $66.59.

NYSE VTR traded up $0.37 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $71.66. 91,580 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,159,944. The firm has a market cap of $26.69 billion, a PE ratio of 17.66, a P/E/G ratio of 5.89 and a beta of 0.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of $68.93. Ventas, Inc. has a 1 year low of $51.80 and a 1 year high of $73.74.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by ($0.38). The business had revenue of $950.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $931.16 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 4.78% and a net margin of 13.34%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.46 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Ventas news, EVP T Richard Riney sold 29,702 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.45, for a total transaction of $2,092,505.90. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 163,488 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,517,729.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 68,084 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.54, for a total value of $4,530,309.36. Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 805,835 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $53,620,260.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 165,866 shares of company stock valued at $11,323,058 over the last ninety days. 1.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, and health systems.

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