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

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Ventas ( VTR) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ventas fell $0.69 (-1.1%) to $61.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,759,534 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,725,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.00-$62.94 after having opened the day at $62.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.26. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), down 19.3%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 14.5%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 11.0% and VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), down 10.5%.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 50.0%, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 20.2%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 17.9% and Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), up 17.5% , were all gainers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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