Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. lessened its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 0.7% during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 299,702 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 2,073 shares during the quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $17,068,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of the stock. Paradigm Financial Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Ventas by 9.7% during the 1st quarter. Paradigm Financial Advisors LLC now owns 57,073 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,826,000 after buying an additional 5,035 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its holdings in shares of Ventas by 8.4% during the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,789,980 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $88,657,000 after buying an additional 138,543 shares during the period. NuWave Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Ventas during the 1st quarter valued at about $357,000. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its holdings in shares of Ventas by 40.8% during the 1st quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 39,233 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,943,000 after buying an additional 11,359 shares during the period. Finally, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Ventas by 42.0% during the 1st quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 24,841 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,230,000 after buying an additional 7,353 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 84.98% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Friday, July 27th. ValuEngine upgraded Ventas from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, June 28th. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “$57.33” rating and set a $61.00 target price on shares of Ventas in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $61.00 target price on Ventas and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Finally, Bank of America lifted their price objective on Ventas from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 10th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ventas has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.07.

VTR stock opened at $57.80 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. Ventas, Inc. has a 52-week low of $46.55 and a 52-week high of $69.92. The company has a market cap of $20.68 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.65 and a beta of 0.14.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.06. Ventas had a return on equity of 5.02% and a net margin of 34.00%. The company had revenue of $942.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $919.95 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.42 EPS. Ventas’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.04 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.79 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 29th. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.47%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is presently 75.96%.

In other news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 15,439 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total value of $849,145.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 759,606 shares in the company, valued at approximately $41,778,330. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 30,944 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.18, for a total value of $1,645,601.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 775,111 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $41,220,402.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 92,830 shares of company stock worth $5,142,158 over the last 90 days. 1.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Ventas Company Profile

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of more than 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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