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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ventas fell $0.76 (-1.2%) to $61.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,291,843 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,868,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.92-$62.49 after having opened the day at $62.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.91. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 39.7%, Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), down 20.2%, Employers Holdings ( EIG), down 15.4% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 13.2%.

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 $18.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 50.7%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 16.5%, Howard Bancorp Inc Md ( HBMD), up 14.3% and HCI Group ( HCI), up 14.2% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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