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) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ventas fell $2.64 (-3.3%) to $78.07 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,987,584 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,417,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.52-$79.81 after having opened the day at $79.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.71. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were:

OptimumBank Holdings



), down 11.2%,

Credit Suisse



), down 10.0%,

Orix Corporation



), down 9.5% and

Donegal Group



), down 9.0%.

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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 $24.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

MSB Financial Corporation



), down 12.4%,

Bank VA Chesterfield



), down 11.3%,

Cordia Bancorp



), down 11.3% and

Pathfinder Bancorp



), down 7.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with

MGIC Investment Corporation



) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

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