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Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) Director Jeffrey E. Stiefler unloaded 6,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.97, for a total transaction of $191,820.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 107,523 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,437,510. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on VNTV shares. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Wednesday. They now have a $42.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $37.00. Separately, analysts at Raymond James reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Friday, August 1st. They now have a $40.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $34.00. Finally, analysts at Nomura raised their price target on shares of Vantiv from $37.50 to $39.00 in a research note on Friday, August 1st. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Vantiv currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $36.78.

Shares of Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) traded down 0.25% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $31.89. 1,059,123 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Vantiv has a 1-year low of $25.21 and a 1-year high of $34.90. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $33.41 and a 200-day moving average of $31.53. The company has a market cap of $4.479 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 44.16.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 31st. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ 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 last year, the company posted $0.40 earnings per share. Vantiv’s revenue was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Vantiv will post $1.89 EPS 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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