Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR)’s share price gapped up before the market opened on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $71.98, but opened at $72.00. Ventas shares last traded at $72.37, with a volume of 527,854 shares changing hands.

VTR has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Barclays PLC upped their price target on Ventas from $59.00 to $64.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Argus initiated coverage on Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, Hilliard Lyons lowered Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $64.00.

The company’s 50-day moving average price is $70.14 and its 200 day moving average price is $62.10. The firm has a market cap of $24.55 billion and a P/E ratio of 54.95.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its earnings results on Friday, April 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.01. The business earned $852.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $833.89 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.97 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Ventas Inc. will post $4.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 6th were issued a dividend of $0.73 per share. This represents a $2.92 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 2nd.

Other hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BOKF NA raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. BOKF NA now owns 18,932 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,069,000 after buying an additional 475 shares during the last quarter. Tredje AP fonden raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 20,049 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,131,000 after buying an additional 328 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 21,756 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,228,000 after buying an additional 393 shares during the last quarter. Schnieders Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. Schnieders Capital Management LLC now owns 21,794 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,230,000 after buying an additional 650 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Camelot Portfolios LLC raised its stake in shares of Ventas by 28.8% in the fourth quarter. Camelot Portfolios LLC now owns 22,833 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,288,000 after buying an additional 5,099 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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