Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Ventas (VTR) Stock Price

News stories about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.6464116236093 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on VTR shares. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Ventas in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. KeyCorp reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $55.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Bank of America lowered Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $71.00 in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Capital One Financial assumed coverage on Ventas in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $69.00 price target for the company. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $64.44.

Shares of Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded down $0.85 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $59.84. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,480,567 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,722,702. 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 one year low of $58.96 and a one year high of $72.36. The firm has a market cap of $22,021.61, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.83, a PEG ratio of 3.99 and a beta of 0.08.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.79 dividend. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. This is an increase from Ventas’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.78. Ventas’s payout ratio is currently 95.09%.

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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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