Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) Stock Holdings Lifted by Epoch Investment Partners Inc.

Epoch Investment Partners Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTRFree Report) by 52.1% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 808,863 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 277,190 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. owned 0.20% of Ventas worth $40,314,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of VTR. Vinva Investment Management Ltd bought a new position in shares of Ventas during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $583,000. Cibc World Markets Corp boosted its position in Ventas by 735.6% during the 4th quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp now owns 185,576 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $9,249,000 after purchasing an additional 163,367 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado grew its stake in Ventas by 15.4% during the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 44,881 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $2,237,000 after buying an additional 5,988 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its position in Ventas by 169.3% in the fourth quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 61,515 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $3,066,000 after buying an additional 38,675 shares during the period. Finally, Centersquare Investment Management LLC increased its position in Ventas by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. Centersquare Investment Management LLC now owns 7,003,850 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $349,072,000 after buying an additional 363,153 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.18% of the company’s stock.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Scotiabank increased their price objective on shares of Ventas from $47.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 16th. StockNews.com lowered shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Wells Fargo & Company boosted their price objective on Ventas from $46.00 to $49.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 30th. Finally, Evercore ISI upgraded Ventas from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, March 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $51.46.

Check Out Our Latest Stock Analysis on VTR

Ventas Price Performance

Shares of VTR traded down $0.13 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $49.71. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,489,565 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,342,959. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.43, a current ratio of 0.63 and a quick ratio of 0.63. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $45.78 and a 200 day moving average price of $46.04. Ventas, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $39.33 and a fifty-two week high of $50.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $20.12 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -262.30, a PEG ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 1.33.

Ventas Announces Dividend

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 1st will be given a $0.45 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, July 1st. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.62%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -947.32%.

Insider Buying and Selling at Ventas

In other news, Director Walter C. Rakowich sold 2,145 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.40, for a total transaction of $103,818.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 26,031 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,259,900.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. In other news, CAO Gregory R. Liebbe sold 14,625 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.70, for a total value of $697,612.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 12,524 shares in the company, valued at $597,394.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Walter C. Rakowich sold 2,145 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.40, for a total value of $103,818.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 26,031 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,259,900.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 35,270 shares of company stock valued at $1,672,966. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

About Ventas

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Ventas Inc (NYSE: VTR) is a leading S&P 500 real estate investment trust focused on delivering strong, sustainable shareholder returns by enabling exceptional environments that benefit a large and growing aging population. The Company's growth is fueled by its senior housing communities, which provide valuable services to residents and enable them to thrive in supported environments.

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