Ventas (VTR) Given Daily News Sentiment Score of 0.05

News stories about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a unit of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a coverage optimism score of 0.05 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 70 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) traded down 0.26% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $65.78. The company had a trading volume of 1,655,488 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $63.41 and its 200 day moving average price is $63.03. Ventas has a 12 month low of $56.20 and a 12 month high of $76.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $23.33 billion, a PE ratio of 35.42 and a beta of 0.08.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 10th. The real estate investment trust reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $875.71 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $843.40 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.42% and a net margin of 18.85%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.37 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Ventas will post $1.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 7th were given a dividend of $0.775 per share. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.71%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 3rd. Ventas’s payout ratio is 166.67%.

VTR has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, January 9th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $55.00 price objective on shares of Ventas in a research note on Monday, March 13th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc cut Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $56.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, March 15th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. initiated coverage on Ventas in a research note on Tuesday, March 21st. They issued a “hold” rating and a $64.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC cut Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $75.00 to $65.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 3rd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and ten have assigned a hold rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $63.78.

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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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