Ventas (NYSE:VTR)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by equities research analysts at Jefferies Group in a research note issued on Tuesday. They currently have a $54.00 price objective on the real estate investment trust’s stock. Jefferies Group’s target price suggests a potential upside of 6.26% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Citigroup decreased their price target on shares of Ventas from $66.00 to $52.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Wells Fargo & Co set a $54.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday. SunTrust Banks set a $55.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday. Finally, Mizuho set a $53.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Ventas currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $58.31.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE:VTR) traded up $0.36 on Tuesday, hitting $50.82. 2,330,042 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,079,577. The firm has a market cap of $18,010.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.58. Ventas has a 52 week low of $49.17 and a 52 week high of $72.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a current ratio of 1.20.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.03. The company had revenue of $895.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $895.92 million. Ventas had a net margin of 37.95% and a return on equity of 5.99%. Ventas’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.58 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Ventas will post 4.11 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Ventas by 1,945.6% in the 4th quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC now owns 1,841 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $110,000 after purchasing an additional 1,751 shares during the last quarter. Aevitas Wealth Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Ventas in the 4th quarter worth about $114,000. Icon Wealth Partners LLC bought a new stake in shares of Ventas in the 4th quarter worth about $114,000. Amica Retiree Medical Trust bought a new stake in shares of Ventas in the 3rd quarter worth about $131,000. Finally, CENTRAL TRUST Co increased its position in shares of Ventas by 85.7% in the 4th quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 2,357 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $141,000 after purchasing an additional 1,088 shares during the last quarter. 90.05% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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