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Health Care REIT (NYSE:HCN) CFO Scott A. Estes unloaded 3,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, August 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.69, for a total transaction of $197,070.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 88,413 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,807,850. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on HCN. Analysts at LB Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Health Care REIT in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. They now have a $14.20 price target on the stock, up previously from $11.50. Separately, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on shares of Health Care REIT from $58.00 to $60.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Health Care REIT from $68.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $59.40.

Health Care REIT (NYSE:HCN) traded up 0.57% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $66.258. 297,382 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Health Care REIT has a 1-year low of $52.43 and a 1-year high of $66.76. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $63.86 and its 200-day moving average is $61.73. The company has a market cap of $20.444 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 124.07.

Health Care REIT (NYSE:HCN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, August 1st. The company reported $1.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $826.45 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $807.17 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. Health Care REIT’s revenue was up 21.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Health Care REIT will post $4.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 11th will be given a dividend of $0.795 per share. This represents a $3.18 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.83%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 7th.

Health Care REIT, Inc is a real estate investment trust (NYSE:HCN).

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