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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ventas rose $0.74 (1.2%) to $61.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,395,790 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,707,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.54-$61.77 after having opened the day at $60.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.71. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), up 12.5%, DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), up 7.8%, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 7.4% and First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), up 7.2%.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 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 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 negative front, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), down 8.4%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 8.2%, Summit Hotel Properties ( INN), down 6.8% and Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 6.5%.

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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