News headlines about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.1322661760781 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Ventas (VTR) traded down $0.88 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $55.01. 393,580 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,645,350. The firm has a market cap of $19,570.00, a P/E ratio of 32.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.75 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. Ventas has a 1-year low of $53.75 and a 1-year high of $72.36.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by ($0.60). The firm had revenue of $899.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $893.18 million. Ventas had a net margin of 32.96% and a return on equity of 6.34%. The business’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.03 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Ventas will post 4.15 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd were given a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.74%. This is an increase from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 29th. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 188.10%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on VTR shares. SunTrust Banks set a $67.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 target price on shares of Ventas and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. UBS Group decreased their price objective on shares of Ventas from $69.00 to $66.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ventas from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $62.11.

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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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