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Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) Director Jeffrey E. Stiefler unloaded 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.86, for a total transaction of $197,160.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 107,523 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,533,206. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on VNTV shares. Analysts at Raymond James reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Friday. They now have a $40.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $34.00. Separately, analysts at Nomura raised their price target on shares of Vantiv from $37.50 to $39.00 in a research note on Friday. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Vantiv from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday. They now have a $39.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $38.00. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $36.32.

Shares of Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) traded down 0.33% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $32.85. 1,698,294 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Vantiv has a one year low of $25.21 and a one year high of $34.90. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $33.61 and its 200-day moving average is $31.53. The company has a market cap of $4.614 billion and a P/E ratio of 45.52.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 31st. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.47. The company had revenue of $331.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $322.80 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.40 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Vantiv will post $1.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Vantiv, Inc, formerly Advent-Kong Blocker Corp., is a holding company that conducts its operations through its majority-owned subsidiaries, Vantiv Holding, LLC (NYSE:VNTV) and Transactive Ecommerce Solutions Inc (Transactive).

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