INSIDERS Like Or Don’t Like Ventas, Inc. (VTR)?

Here’s how investors should make decisions about buying, holding or selling Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) stock. On Thursday, shares of Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) closed higher after an active session. The shares accumulated 0.06 points or 0.09 percent at $63.59 with a heavy trade volume of 2.212 million shares. After opening the session at $63.63, the shares went as high as $63.77 and as low as $63.32, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $22.6 billion and now has 355.78 million shares outstanding. Ventas, Inc. (VTR) stock has gained 0.24 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

VTR stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 0.38, offering the possibility of a lower rate of return, but also posing less risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $0.95 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 8.53 percent year to date (YTD) against a rise of 26.3 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -3.21 percent away from its 1-year high of $65.70 and 36.62 percent up from 52-week low of $46.55. The average consensus rating on the company is 3.2, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a hold.

Ventas, Inc. (VTR) will probably climb -3.82 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $66-month high price target. This represents a whopping 3.79 percent increase from where shares are trading today. The 12-month median price target assigned by the analysts stands at $64, which represents a return potential of 0.64 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $63.59 on Thursday, March 14. The lowest price target for the stock is $47 — slightly more than -26.09 percent from VTR’s current share price.

History has shown that shares in Ventas, Inc. have gone down on 21 different earnings reaction days and are predicted to add 0.01 percent when the company reports upcoming earnings. Investors will get their next glimpse of VTR’s Q1 earnings on April 26. Analysts are forecasting revenue to suffer decline of -2.3 percent to $922M in the fiscal first quarter, while earnings are seen soaring by nearly 40.91 percent to $0.31 per share. It earned $0.17 per share, worse than the $0.35, adjusted, expected by Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue was $923M, better than the $918M analysts expected. Earnings are estimated to increase by -43.3 percent this year, 0.15 percent next year and continue to increase by 6.9 percent annually for the next 5 years.

The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $63.35. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $63.11. Till the time, the VTR stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear. On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 57.58 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $63.11 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $63.8 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $64.01 level.

Shares of Ventas, Inc. (VTR) are trading at a P/E ratio of 37.86 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry VTR operates in has an average P/E of 36.06. Its P/E ratio went as low as 39.44X and as high as 53.9 over the 5-year span.Further, it is sporting a 6.04 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 8.71. 54.8 percent is the gross profit margin for Ventas, Inc. and operating margin sits at 23.9 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 10.9 percent.