News articles about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.7175399458002 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Mizuho reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group assumed coverage on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. They issued a “hold” rating and a $67.00 price target for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC raised their price target on shares of Ventas from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $65.13.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded up 0.08% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $66.18. 1,489,427 shares of the company were exchanged. Ventas has a 52-week low of $56.20 and a 52-week high of $74.48. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $67.56 and its 200-day moving average price is $65.38. The company has a market capitalization of $23.57 billion, a PE ratio of 33.53 and a beta of 0.07.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.06 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.61. Ventas had a net margin of 20.08% and a return on equity of 6.31%. The firm had revenue of $895.49 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $890.01 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.42 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Ventas will post $1.84 EPS for the current year.

In other Ventas news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 100,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.12, for a total transaction of $6,912,000.00. Following 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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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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