Media headlines about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 48.2480225765456 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- FY2017 EPS Estimates for Ventas, Inc. Increased by Analyst (VTR) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Active Stocks in Focus: Ventas, Inc. (VTR) – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Most Shocking Stock Movements: E*TRADE Financial Corporation (ETFC), Ventas, Inc. (VTR) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) – May This Data Fuel Up Investor’s Confidence – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) – Tool For Stock Selection – Nasdaq Journal (press release) (nasdaqjournal.com)
A number of research analysts recently weighed in on VTR shares. KeyCorp restated a “sell” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a report on Sunday, September 17th. Capital One Financial upgraded shares of Ventas from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Ventas and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $66.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Ventas currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $64.44.
Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by ($0.60). Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 32.96%. The firm had revenue of $899.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $893.18 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.03 EPS. The firm’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 declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.79 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $3.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.25%. 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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