Girard Partners LTD. bought a new stake in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 3,247 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock, valued at approximately $226,000.

A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of VTR. Cribstone Capital Management LLC raised its position in Ventas by 1.5% in the second quarter. Cribstone Capital Management LLC now owns 1,922 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 28 shares during the period. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its position in shares of Ventas by 2.7% in the first quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 2,436 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $158,000 after buying an additional 65 shares in the last quarter. Trust Co. of Virginia VA purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the first quarter valued at about $202,000. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the second quarter valued at about $203,000. Finally, Wetherby Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Ventas during the first quarter valued at about $207,000. Institutional investors own 89.36% of the company’s stock.

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) opened at 67.79 on Wednesday. Ventas, Inc. has a 52 week low of $56.20 and a 52 week high of $74.48. The firm has a market capitalization of $24.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.34 and a beta of 0.07. The company has a 50-day moving average of $67.04 and a 200-day moving average of $65.64.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.61. The company had revenue of $895.49 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $890.01 million. Ventas had a net margin of 20.08% and a return on equity of 6.31%. Ventas’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.42 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Ventas, Inc. will post $1.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub lowered Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a report on Tuesday. Mizuho reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Ventas in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group initiated coverage on Ventas in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $67.00 price objective on the stock. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a hold rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $64.57.

In other news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 100,000 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.12, for a total value of $6,912,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 819,835 shares in the company, valued at $56,666,995.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Ventas

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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