Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. boosted its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 4.7% in the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 31,573 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 1,422 shares during the quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $1,895,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Amica Retiree Medical Trust acquired a new position in Ventas in the third quarter valued at $131,000. CENTRAL TRUST Co increased its stake in Ventas by 85.7% during the fourth quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,357 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $141,000 after acquiring an additional 1,088 shares during the last quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Ventas during the third quarter worth about $174,000. Carnick & Kubik Group LLC acquired a new stake in Ventas during the third quarter worth about $204,000. Finally, Vident Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in Ventas during the third quarter worth about $206,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.05% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) opened at $50.46 on Tuesday. Ventas, Inc. has a 1 year low of $49.17 and a 1 year high of $72.36. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $17,970.00 and a PE ratio of 28.35.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.03. Ventas had a return on equity of 5.99% and a net margin of 37.95%. The company had revenue of $895.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $895.92 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.58 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.26%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. Ventas’s payout ratio is 177.53%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on VTR shares. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 price target on Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine upgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, UBS Group lowered Ventas from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ventas has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $60.36.

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Ventas Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

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