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Ventas Inc (VTR): Today's Highlighted Performer In Financial

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Ventas (VTR) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ventas rose 87 cents (1.1%) to $77.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.97-$77.18 after having opened the day at $76.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.31. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Altis Resident (RESI), up 30.5%, Kingsway Financial Services (KFS), up 19.4%, Credit Suisse (DSLV), up 16.3%, and Pathfinder Bancorp (PBHC), up 12.9%.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $22.24 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 73.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Ventas a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Homex Development (HXM), down 10.8%, National Bank of Greece (NBG), down 10%, Medical Properties (MPW), down 7.4%, and Siebert Financial Corporation (SIEB), down 6.7%, were all laggards within the financial sector with M&T Bank (MTB) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials (SEF).

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