Ventas (NYSE:VTR) has been given a $56.00 price target by investment analysts at Stifel Nicolaus in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ price objective would indicate a potential upside of 8.55% from the company’s previous close.

Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on the company. SunTrust Banks set a $55.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Mizuho set a $53.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday. ValuEngine lowered Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, KeyCorp set a $50.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $60.36.

Ventas (VTR) opened at $51.59 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. The company has a market capitalization of $18,370.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.71. Ventas has a 52-week low of $49.17 and a 52-week high of $72.36.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.03. The firm had revenue of $895.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $895.92 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.58 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Ventas will post 4.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Baird Financial Group Inc. increased its holdings in Ventas by 18.6% in the 4th quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. now owns 103,289 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $6,198,000 after buying an additional 16,178 shares in the last quarter. Norinchukin Bank The increased its holdings in Ventas by 7.4% in the 4th quarter. Norinchukin Bank The now owns 28,475 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,709,000 after buying an additional 1,966 shares in the last quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in Ventas by 1.2% in the 4th quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 95,636 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $5,739,000 after buying an additional 1,127 shares in the last quarter. Synovus Financial Corp bought a new stake in Ventas in the 4th quarter worth about $225,000. Finally, American International Group Inc. increased its holdings in Ventas by 8.4% in the 4th quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 163,823 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $9,831,000 after buying an additional 12,718 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 90.29% of the company’s stock.

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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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