Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group decreased their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of Ventas in a report issued on Monday. Jefferies Group analyst O. Okusanya now anticipates that the real estate investment trust will earn $4.20 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $4.22. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $66.00 target price on the stock.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.60). The company had revenue of $899.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $893.18 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.03 earnings per share.

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VTR has been the topic of several other reports. Bank of America Corporation downgraded Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and cut their target price for the stock from $72.00 to $71.00 in a report on Friday, September 22nd. BidaskClub raised Ventas from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Capital One Financial Corporation began coverage on Ventas in a report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $69.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $67.00 target price on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.20.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded up $0.13 on Tuesday, reaching $64.51. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,656,719 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,721,063. The firm has a market cap of $22,980.00, a P/E ratio of 15.60, a PEG ratio of 4.19 and a beta of 0.09. Ventas has a 52-week low of $57.97 and a 52-week high of $72.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.46 and a quick ratio of 1.46.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in Ventas by 102.9% during the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 4,041,712 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $280,817,000 after buying an additional 2,049,815 shares during the period. Intl Fcstone Inc. acquired a new position in Ventas during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $691,000. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT raised its stake in Ventas by 7.6% during the 2nd quarter. Bradley Foster & Sargent Inc. CT now owns 44,010 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,058,000 after buying an additional 3,121 shares during the period. TNB Financial raised its stake in Ventas by 3.2% during the 2nd quarter. TNB Financial now owns 35,175 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,444,000 after buying an additional 1,081 shares during the period. Finally, Swiss National Bank raised its stake in Ventas by 3.0% during the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,423,080 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $98,876,000 after buying an additional 41,800 shares during the period. 88.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ventas Company Profile

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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