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

Ventas ( VTR) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ventas rose $1.25 (1.8%) to $69.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,368,340 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,753,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.62-$69.92 after having opened the day at $68.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.61. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 15.7%, Altis Resident ( RESI), up 15.2%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 8.9% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 8.8%.

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 $20.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 10.0%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 9.2%, National Security Group ( NSEC), down 7.5% and Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the financial sector with CME Group ( CME) 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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