Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Moderate Buy” by Analysts

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTRGet Free Report) has earned an average rating of “Moderate Buy” from the thirteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and nine have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $51.46.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on VTR shares. Wells Fargo & Company upped their target price on Ventas from $46.00 to $49.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 30th. Scotiabank boosted their price target on Ventas from $47.00 to $51.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, May 16th. StockNews.com upgraded Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Evercore ISI upgraded Ventas from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, March 18th.

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Insider Activity

In other news, Director Walter C. Rakowich sold 2,145 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.40, for a total value of $103,818.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 26,031 shares in the company, valued at $1,259,900.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. In other news, Director Walter C. Rakowich sold 2,145 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.40, for a total transaction of $103,818.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 26,031 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,259,900.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CAO Gregory R. Liebbe sold 14,625 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.70, for a total value of $697,612.50. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 12,524 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $597,394.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 35,270 shares of company stock worth $1,672,966 over the last 90 days. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of VTR. Bruce G. Allen Investments LLC acquired a new position in shares of Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at about $25,000. Manchester Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Ventas by 77.9% during the 4th quarter. Manchester Capital Management LLC now owns 514 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $26,000 after acquiring an additional 225 shares during the last quarter. First Financial Corp IN bought a new stake in Ventas during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $30,000. Gradient Investments LLC boosted its stake in Ventas by 82.7% during the 4th quarter. Gradient Investments LLC now owns 718 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $36,000 after purchasing an additional 325 shares during the period. Finally, Pacific Capital Wealth Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in Ventas during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $38,000. 94.18% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Ventas Stock Performance

Ventas stock opened at $52.11 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $49.40 and its 200 day moving average price is $46.66. Ventas has a one year low of $39.33 and a one year high of $52.68. The firm has a market capitalization of $21.09 billion, a PE ratio of -274.25, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.69 and a beta of 1.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.43, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 0.63.

Ventas Dividend Announcement

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 18th. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 1st will be issued a $0.45 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, July 1st. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.45%. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -947.32%.

Ventas Company Profile

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Ventas Inc (NYSE: VTR) is a leading S&P 500 real estate investment trust focused on delivering strong, sustainable shareholder returns by enabling exceptional environments that benefit a large and growing aging population. The Company's growth is fueled by its senior housing communities, which provide valuable services to residents and enable them to thrive in supported environments.

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