Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 1.9% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 107,137 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,977 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $6,441,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Amica Retiree Medical Trust purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the third quarter valued at approximately $131,000. CENTRAL TRUST Co lifted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 85.7% during the fourth quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,357 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $141,000 after purchasing an additional 1,088 shares during the last quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the third quarter valued at approximately $174,000. Carnick & Kubik Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the third quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Finally, Vident Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the third quarter valued at approximately $206,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.29% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) opened at $52.97 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.46 and a quick ratio of 1.46. Ventas, Inc. has a 1 year low of $51.80 and a 1 year high of $72.36. The company has a market cap of $18,944.35 and a P/E ratio of 12.76.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were given a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 29th. This is an increase from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. Ventas’s payout ratio is 96.93%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on VTR shares. Capital One Financial raised shares of Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. UBS Group downgraded shares of Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.11.

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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.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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