Modus Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) during the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel.com reports. The fund purchased 6,433 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $371,000.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of VTR. Natixis Advisors L.P. raised its stake in Ventas by 6.2% during the second quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P. now owns 27,032 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,848,000 after purchasing an additional 1,568 shares during the period. APG Asset Management N.V. raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 92.4% in the 2nd quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 367,360 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $22,049,000 after acquiring an additional 176,400 shares during the period. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 4.0% in the 2nd quarter. United Capital Financial Advisers LLC now owns 27,789 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,899,000 after acquiring an additional 1,067 shares during the period. AXA raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 14.0% in the 2nd quarter. AXA now owns 72,435 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $4,951,000 after acquiring an additional 8,912 shares during the period. Finally, NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc purchased a new position in shares of Ventas in the 2nd quarter valued at $411,000. 88.12% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on VTR. BMO Capital Markets cut their target price on shares of Ventas to $63.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 8th. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their target price for the company from $74.00 to $66.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 30th. Wells Fargo & Co downgraded shares of Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, December 10th. Capital One Financial downgraded shares of Ventas from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and cut their target price for the company from $72.00 to $68.00 in a research note on Monday, October 28th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded shares of Ventas from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, November 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.57.

Shares of VTR stock traded down $0.60 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $56.79. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 82,154 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,945,816. The company’s 50 day simple moving average is $57.26 and its 200-day simple moving average is $66.21. Ventas, Inc. has a 12-month low of $54.59 and a 12-month high of $75.40. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.26 billion, a PE ratio of 13.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.44 and a beta of 0.12.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.71). Ventas had a return on equity of 4.59% and a net margin of 12.73%. The firm had revenue of $983.16 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $935.43 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.99 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, January 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.7925 per share. This represents a $3.17 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.58%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 31st. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 77.89%.

Ventas 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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