Favorable Press Coverage Unlikely to Impact Ventas (VTR) Share Price

Media coverage about Ventas (NYSE:VTR) has been trending positive on Tuesday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ventas earned a media sentiment score of 0.42 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 33 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Ventas (NYSE:VTR)

Ventas (NYSE VTR) traded up 0.581% on Tuesday, hitting $70.155. The company had a trading volume of 154,674 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $66.27 and its 200 day moving average price is $63.57. Ventas has a one year low of $56.20 and a one year high of $76.80. The company has a market capitalization of $24.90 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.648 and a beta of 0.13.

Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, April 28th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.58. The company had revenue of $883.44 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $873.56 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 6.34% and a net margin of 20.10%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.04 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Ventas will post $1.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 6th will be issued a dividend of $0.775 per share. This represents a $3.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.44%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 2nd. Ventas’s dividend payout ratio is currently 157.36%.

Several brokerages have issued reports on VTR. BMO Capital Markets restated a “sell” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Ventas in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. Jefferies Group LLC increased their price objective on Ventas from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. SunTrust Banks, Inc. assumed coverage on Ventas in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. They set a “hold” rating and a $64.00 price objective for the company. BidaskClub upgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) downgraded Ventas from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $56.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Wednesday, March 15th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $65.25.

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In other Ventas news, Chairman Debra A. Cafaro sold 100,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.12, for a total transaction of $6,912,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 819,835 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $56,666,995.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.

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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