Ventas Inc. (NYSE:VTR)’s share price gapped up prior to trading 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 traded.

VTR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered 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. Barclays PLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Thursday, July 7th. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $71.00 price target (up from $66.00) on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, April 5th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $69.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. upped their price target on shares of Ventas from $64.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 7th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $64.00.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $70.22 and a 200-day moving average price of $62.18. The company has a market cap of $24.67 billion and a PE ratio of 55.23.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 29th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.04 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $852.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $833.89 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.97 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Ventas Inc. will post $4.15 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 6th were paid a $0.73 dividend. This represents a $2.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 2nd.

Other large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Tredje AP fonden boosted 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 worth $1,131,000 after buying an additional 328 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted 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 worth $1,228,000 after buying an additional 393 shares in the last quarter. BOKF NA boosted 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 worth $1,069,000 after buying an additional 475 shares in the last quarter. Schnieders Capital Management LLC boosted 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 worth $1,230,000 after buying an additional 650 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Ventas by 7.2% in the fourth quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. now owns 32,885 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,856,000 after buying an additional 2,205 shares in 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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