Private Advisor Group LLC trimmed its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 19.8% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 17,944 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 4,438 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC’s holdings in Ventas were worth $1,050,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in VTR. Capital International Investors grew its stake in Ventas by 40.9% in the 3rd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 4,141,700 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $269,749,000 after buying an additional 1,202,900 shares in the last quarter. Cohen & Steers Inc. grew its stake in Ventas by 8.6% in the 3rd quarter. Cohen & Steers Inc. now owns 6,895,293 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $449,090,000 after buying an additional 545,504 shares in the last quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. grew its stake in Ventas by 7.3% in the 3rd quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 5,247,318 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $341,758,000 after buying an additional 357,605 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Ventas by 9.9% during the 4th quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,485,820 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $209,185,000 after purchasing an additional 314,690 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD grew its position in shares of Ventas by 419.6% during the 3rd quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 386,528 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $25,174,000 after purchasing an additional 312,139 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.83% of the company’s stock.

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Ventas, Inc. (NYSE VTR) traded down $0.67 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $49.68. 4,637,844 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,077,789. Ventas, Inc. has a 52 week low of $47.97 and a 52 week high of $72.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.20. The company has a market cap of $17,944.65, a P/E ratio of 13.18, a P/E/G ratio of 3.28 and a beta of 0.14.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03. Ventas had a net margin of 37.95% and a return on equity of 5.99%. The company had revenue of $895.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $895.92 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.58 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Ventas, Inc. will post 4.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be paid a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is presently 83.82%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on VTR shares. Stifel Nicolaus set a $56.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. TheStreet lowered shares of Ventas from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. BMO Capital Markets set a $55.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, KeyCorp set a $50.00 price target on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Ventas currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $58.31.

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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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