Ventas Inc (VTR): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Ventas ( VTR) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Ventas fell $0.61 (-1.0%) to $59.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,193,854 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,443,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.81-$59.90 after having opened the day at $59.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.76. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), down 11.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), down 8.7%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), down 6.2% and Agree Realty Corporation ( ADC), down 4.7%.

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 $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Walker & Dunlop ( WD), up 13.2%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 7.1%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), up 5.9% and Alto Palermo ( APSA), up 5.8% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with CBRE Group ( CBG) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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