Investors purchased shares of Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $104.14 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $60.49 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $43.65 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ventas had the 7th highest net in-flow for the day. Ventas traded down ($0.67) for the day and closed at $73.14

VTR has been the subject of several analyst reports. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 price target (up previously from $66.00) on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, April 5th. Jefferies Group lifted their price target on shares of Ventas to $58.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 7th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $60.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, March 24th. Hilliard Lyons cut shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Finally, Barclays PLC initiated coverage on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, June 1st. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $59.00 price target for the company. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Ventas currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $61.27.

The company has a 50 day moving average price of $68.60 and a 200 day moving average price of $61.12. The firm has a market cap of $24.73 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 55.37.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its earnings results on Friday, April 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.97 earnings per share. The business had revenue of $852.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $833.89 million. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Ventas Inc. will post $4.15 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 6th were paid a dividend of $0.73 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 2nd. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.99%.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of VTR. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in Ventas by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 44,133,910 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,490,476,000 after buying an additional 1,162,067 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Ventas by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,237,451 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $239,120,000 after buying an additional 58,605 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its position in Ventas by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 805,975 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $45,481,000 after buying an additional 18,050 shares during the period. Bruni J V & Co. Co. boosted its position in Ventas by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Bruni J V & Co. Co. now owns 539,718 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $30,456,000 after buying an additional 5,336 shares during the period. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its position in Ventas by 410.7% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 329,152 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $18,574,000 after buying an additional 264,701 shares during the period.

Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company has a portfolio of seniors housing and healthcare 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 MOB operations.

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