Ventas Inc. (VTR) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) shares fell on Monday Nov 21 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, stocks were set to open higher this morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMZ6, +0.20% was 10 points, or less than 0.1%, higher at 18,863, while S&P 500 index futures ESZ6, +0.44% rose 3.95 points, or 0.2%, at 2,184.75. Nasdaq-100 NQZ6, +0.74% added 12.25 points, or 0.2%, to 4,820.75.

Shares of Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) were downgraded by analysts at Mizuho in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, Ventas Inc. has a 52-week high of $76.80. The one-year price target of $70.15 is above the opening price of $59.90, causing a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the company in recent days. Important and crucial digressions in the company’s operations, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have diminished from the original recommendation.

Shares of Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) opened at $59.90 on Monday trading between $59.59 and $60.28, and last traded at $59.65, a drop of $0.25 per share or -0.42% from the previous closing price.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) now has a market cap of 21.12B.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,356,350 shares out of a total float 352,827,000 and some 261,016 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use increases in trading volume to determine large volume accumulation or circulation by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a series of days or weeks sends a positive cue to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship simply refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good corroboration to see them buying a stock you’re researching.

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By following the activity of these professional investors and how they influence moving averages, traders are able to make make educated trades.

Trades for Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) have ranged from $46.87 – 76.80, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $65.39 and 200-day MA of $69.31. Today’s last price is 22.33%% lower than the 52 week high of $76.80.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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