Boston Private Wealth LLC cut its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 2.4% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 12,942 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 318 shares during the quarter. Boston Private Wealth LLC’s holdings in Ventas were worth $945,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI increased its stake in shares of Ventas by 230.5% during the third quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 347 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $25,000 after acquiring an additional 242 shares during the period. Kavar Capital Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Ventas during the second quarter worth about $27,000. HM Payson & Co. acquired a new position in shares of Ventas during the second quarter worth about $29,000. Gradient Investments LLC increased its stake in shares of Ventas by 1,007.7% during the second quarter. Gradient Investments LLC now owns 432 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $30,000 after acquiring an additional 393 shares during the period. Finally, Optimum Investment Advisors increased its stake in shares of Ventas by 77.1% during the third quarter. Optimum Investment Advisors now owns 496 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock worth $36,000 after acquiring an additional 216 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 87.86% of the company’s stock.

In other Ventas news, EVP John D. Cobb sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.54, for a total transaction of $725,400.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on VTR. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price target on shares of Ventas to $63.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday. Capital One Financial lowered shares of Ventas from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $68.00 in a research note on Monday, October 28th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Barclays began coverage on shares of Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, September 3rd. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $74.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $74.00 to $66.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and fourteen have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $66.58.

Shares of VTR opened at $59.54 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $70.09 and its two-hundred day moving average is $68.38. Ventas, Inc. has a twelve month low of $56.52 and a twelve month high of $75.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $22.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.63, a PEG ratio of 5.21 and a beta of 0.17.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, October 25th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.23 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.94 by ($0.71). Ventas had a return on equity of 4.59% and a net margin of 12.73%. The company had revenue of $983.16 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $935.43 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.99 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.84 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a — dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 11th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, October 1st were given a dividend of $0.7925 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, September 30th. This represents a yield of 4.4%. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 77.89%.

Ventas 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.

Further Reading: What are popular range trading strategies?

Want to see what other hedge funds are holding VTR? Visit HoldingsChannel.com to get the latest 13F filings and insider trades for Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

Receive News & Ratings for Ventas Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Ventas and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.