ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Friday.

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Capital One Financial initiated coverage on Ventas in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They set an equal weight rating and a $69.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Ventas from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. Bank of America lowered Ventas from a buy rating to a neutral rating and cut their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $71.00 in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, UBS Group cut their price target on Ventas from $69.00 to $66.00 and set a neutral rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $64.44.

Ventas (VTR) traded up $0.10 on Friday, reaching $58.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,862,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,135,920. The firm has a market capitalization of $20,450.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.09. Ventas has a 52 week low of $57.90 and a 52 week high of $72.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a current ratio of 1.46.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.60). The firm had revenue of $899.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $893.18 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.03 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Ventas will post 4.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be issued a $0.79 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.41%. This is a positive change from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. Ventas’s payout ratio is presently 188.10%.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Amica Retiree Medical Trust acquired a new position in shares of Ventas in the third quarter valued at approximately $131,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 48.0% in the second quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,003 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $139,000 after purchasing an additional 650 shares during the period. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new position in Ventas during the third quarter worth $174,000. Carnick & Kubik Group LLC acquired a new position in Ventas during the third quarter worth $204,000. Finally, Vident Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new position in Ventas during the third quarter worth $206,000. 90.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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.

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