News headlines about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7134054936703 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded down 1.25% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $64.80. 999,306 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $23.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.83 and a beta of 0.07. Ventas has a 12 month low of $56.20 and a 12 month high of $75.16. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $68.23 and a 200-day moving average price of $65.24.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.06 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.45 by $0.61. The business had revenue of $895.49 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $890.01 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.31% and a net margin of 20.08%. The company’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.42 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Ventas will post $1.84 earnings per share for the current year.

Several research analysts have commented on VTR shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Ventas from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, July 8th. Jefferies Group LLC lifted their price objective on shares of Ventas from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group started coverage on shares of Ventas in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $67.00 price objective for the company. Mizuho reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Ventas in a research note on Wednesday, June 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. Ventas has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $65.13.

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In other news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 100,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.12, for a total transaction of $6,912,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 819,835 shares in the company, valued at approximately $56,666,995.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

About Ventas

Ventas, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with its 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 office operations. Under its triple-net leased properties segment, the Company invests in and owns seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and leases those properties to healthcare operating companies under triple-net or absolute-net leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses.

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