Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC Boosts Holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR)

Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC lifted its stake in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 1.1% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 38,206 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after purchasing an additional 433 shares during the period. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC’s holdings in Ventas were worth $2,611,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Hudock Capital Group LLC lifted its position in Ventas by 10.7% during the 2nd quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 1,558 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $106,000 after acquiring an additional 151 shares during the period. FLC Capital Advisors lifted its position in Ventas by 3.2% during the 2nd quarter. FLC Capital Advisors now owns 5,041 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $353,000 after acquiring an additional 155 shares during the period. Raymond James Trust N.A. lifted its position in Ventas by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 26,334 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $1,799,000 after acquiring an additional 165 shares during the period. 6 Meridian lifted its position in Ventas by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 8,023 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $548,000 after acquiring an additional 169 shares during the period. Finally, H D Vest Advisory Services lifted its position in Ventas by 5.3% during the 2nd quarter. H D Vest Advisory Services now owns 3,422 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $234,000 after acquiring an additional 172 shares during the period. 87.24% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other news, EVP John D. Cobb sold 10,000 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.54, for a total value of $725,400.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 68,084 shares of Ventas stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.54, for a total transaction of $4,530,309.36. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now owns 805,835 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $53,620,260.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 175,866 shares of company stock valued at $12,048,458 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Citigroup raised shares of Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $67.00 to $76.00 in a research report on Wednesday, June 19th. Raymond James raised shares of Ventas from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th. ValuEngine cut shares of Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a research report on Monday, July 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $65.00 to $74.00 in a report on Wednesday, June 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $66.59.

Ventas stock traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $72.86. The stock had a trading volume of 26,933 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,856,609. The company has a quick ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $27.07 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.96 and a beta of 0.27. Ventas, Inc. has a 12-month low of $51.80 and a 12-month high of $73.75. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $69.61 and its 200-day moving average price is $65.30.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, July 26th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.96 by ($0.38). The firm had revenue of $950.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $931.16 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 4.78% and a net margin of 13.34%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.46 earnings per share. On average, research analysts expect that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

About Ventas

Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, and health systems.

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