Ventas Inc (VTR): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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Ventas ( VTR) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Ventas rose 84 cents (1.3%) to $66.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.11-$66.43 after having opened the day at $65.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.49. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: NTS Realty Holdings ( NLP), up 53.2%, Heckmann ( HEK), up 37.9%, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 16.3%, and Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 14.1%.

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 $19.34 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 39 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Ventas a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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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