Ventas (NYSE:VTR) had its target price lifted by research analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $60.00 to $62.00 in a research note issued on Monday. The firm presently has a “market perform” rating on the real estate investment trust’s stock. BMO Capital Markets’ target price indicates a potential downside of 2.36% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on VTR. KeyCorp set a $55.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 20th. TheStreet lowered shares of Ventas from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, October 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. started coverage on shares of Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, October 30th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $60.00 target price for the company. Stifel Nicolaus set a $55.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 29th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 16th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $57.92.

Shares of NYSE:VTR traded down $0.77 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $63.50. The company had a trading volume of 95,790 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,974,819. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. The firm has a market cap of $22.91 billion, a PE ratio of 15.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.03 and a beta of 0.33. Ventas has a one year low of $46.55 and a one year high of $65.70.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.95 by $0.01. Ventas had a net margin of 10.93% and a return on equity of 3.54%. The business had revenue of $923.26 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $913.92 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Ventas will post 3.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP T Richard Riney sold 15,288 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.50, for a total transaction of $955,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Stephens Inc. AR lifted its holdings in Ventas by 23.2% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 66,602 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,902,000 after purchasing an additional 12,541 shares during the period. Tredje AP fonden lifted its holdings in Ventas by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 21,933 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,302,000 after purchasing an additional 521 shares during the period. FLC Capital Advisors acquired a new stake in Ventas in the fourth quarter worth about $227,000. Strategic Investment Advisors MI acquired a new stake in Ventas in the fourth quarter worth about $208,000. Finally, ETRADE Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in Ventas by 20.5% in the fourth quarter. ETRADE Capital Management LLC now owns 33,748 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $1,977,000 after purchasing an additional 5,732 shares during the period. 86.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Ventas

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, life science and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.

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