Investors purchased shares of Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR) on weakness during trading hours on Tuesday. $45.24 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $32.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $12.29 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Ventas had the 24th highest net in-flow for the day. Ventas traded down ($1.34) for the day and closed at $71.86

Several brokerages recently issued reports on VTR. Mizuho raised their target price on shares of Ventas from $71.00 to $82.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $69.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Citigroup Inc. raised their target price on shares of Ventas from $64.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $64.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $64.00.

The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $69.45 and a 200-day moving average price of $61.64. The firm has a market cap of $24.30 billion and a PE ratio of 54.40.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.04 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $852.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $833.89 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.97 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.8% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Ventas Inc. will post $4.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Investors of record on Monday, June 6th were paid a dividend of $0.73 per share. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.06%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 2nd.

Other hedge funds have modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of 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 worth $2,490,476,000 after buying an additional 1,162,067 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of 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 worth $239,120,000 after buying an additional 58,605 shares in the last quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ventas by 56.5% in the fourth quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 950,726 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $53,649,000 after buying an additional 343,173 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of 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 worth $45,481,000 after buying an additional 18,050 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bruni J V & Co. Co. increased its position in shares of 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 worth $30,456,000 after buying an additional 5,336 shares during the last quarter.

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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