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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Ventas

(NYSE:

VTR

) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it traded at $56.99 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $56.66. Ventas is changing hands at $56.97 with 103,505 shares traded as of 10:02 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.3 million shares over the past 30 days.

Ventas has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the

financial

sector and

real estate

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industry. Shares are up 7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 36 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 22.6.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Ventas Ratings Report

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