TheStreet cut shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a report issued on Friday morning, TheStreetRatingsTable reports.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Citigroup downgraded Ventas from a buy rating to a neutral rating and cut their price target for the company from $76.00 to $67.00 in a research note on Monday, October 28th. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Ventas from a buy rating to a hold rating and cut their price objective for the company from $74.00 to $66.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 30th. ValuEngine downgraded Ventas from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Barclays began coverage on Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, September 3rd. They set an equal weight rating and a $74.00 price objective for the company. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on Ventas to $63.00 and set a market perform rating for the company in a research note on Friday, November 8th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $66.61.

Shares of Ventas stock traded up $0.48 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $58.83. 1,175,486 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,771,645. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $67.55 and a 200 day moving average price of $68.35. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.45, a P/E/G ratio of 5.02 and a beta of 0.17. Ventas has a one year low of $56.52 and a one year high of $75.40. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.71). The firm had revenue of $983.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $935.43 million. Ventas had a net margin of 12.73% and a return on equity of 4.59%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.99 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Ventas will post 3.84 earnings per share for the current year.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI boosted its stake in Ventas by 230.5% in the 3rd quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 347 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $25,000 after purchasing an additional 242 shares during the period. Kavar Capital Partners LLC bought a new position in Ventas in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $27,000. HM Payson & Co. bought a new position in Ventas in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $29,000. Gradient Investments LLC boosted its stake in Ventas by 1,007.7% in the 2nd quarter. Gradient Investments LLC now owns 432 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $30,000 after purchasing an additional 393 shares during the period. Finally, Optimum Investment Advisors boosted its stake in Ventas by 77.1% in the 3rd quarter. Optimum Investment Advisors now owns 496 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $36,000 after purchasing an additional 216 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 88.22% of the company’s stock.

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, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, and health systems.

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