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

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on the stock. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group lifted their price target on shares of Ventas from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. Raymond James upgraded shares of Ventas from an underperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 30th. Deutsche Bank lifted their price target on shares of Ventas from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Friday, March 29th. Morgan Stanley began coverage on shares of Ventas in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. They set an equal weight rating and a $61.00 price target on the stock. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of Ventas from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Ventas has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $59.46.

Shares of NYSE:VTR opened at $64.97 on Friday. Ventas has a 12 month low of $50.69 and a 12 month high of $65.70. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05. The firm has a market cap of $23.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.96, a P/E/G ratio of 8.30 and a beta of 0.30.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.99 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.03. Ventas had a net margin of 12.19% and a return on equity of 4.04%. The firm had revenue of $942.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $908.61 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.22 EPS. Ventas’s revenue for the quarter was down .1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Ventas will post 3.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 1st will be paid a $0.7925 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 28th. This represents a $3.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.88%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is presently 77.89%.

In other Ventas news, Director James D. Shelton sold 5,940 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.79, for a total value of $384,852.60. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 46,860 shares in the company, valued at $3,036,059.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP John D. Cobb sold 10,000 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.88, for a total transaction of $648,800.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 23,493 shares of company stock worth $1,502,970. 1.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 88.9% in the first quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 391 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $25,000 after acquiring an additional 184 shares in the last quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Ventas in the first quarter valued at about $26,000. Heritage Wealth Advisors boosted its holdings in shares of Ventas by 59.3% in the first quarter. Heritage Wealth Advisors now owns 478 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $31,000 after acquiring an additional 178 shares in the last quarter. Investors Research Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Ventas in the first quarter valued at about $32,000. Finally, Marino Stram & Associates LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Ventas in the first quarter valued at about $33,000. 87.90% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ventas Company Profile

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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