United Therapeutics Co. (NASDAQ:UTHR) CEO Martine A. Rothblatt sold 7,054 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.16, for a total transaction of $798,230.64. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 7,195 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $814,186.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Shares of United Therapeutics stock opened at $114.28 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.89 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.49, a PEG ratio of 42.29 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a quick ratio of 4.05, a current ratio of 4.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09. United Therapeutics Co. has a fifty-two week low of $100.06 and a fifty-two week high of $147.18.

United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 31st. The biotechnology company reported $2.42 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.23 by ($0.81). The firm had revenue of $412.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $378.22 million. United Therapeutics had a return on equity of 25.24% and a net margin of 31.73%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $4.69 EPS. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that United Therapeutics Co. will post 14.28 EPS for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UTHR. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its holdings in shares of United Therapeutics by 24.9% during the 3rd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,944,078 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $248,609,000 after purchasing an additional 387,878 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of United Therapeutics by 53.8% during the 3rd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 1,053,569 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $134,730,000 after purchasing an additional 368,613 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of United Therapeutics by 11.3% during the 3rd quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 2,327,367 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $297,624,000 after purchasing an additional 235,459 shares during the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of United Therapeutics by 28.6% during the 3rd quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 465,230 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $59,493,000 after purchasing an additional 103,474 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Andra AP fonden bought a new position in shares of United Therapeutics during the 2nd quarter valued at about $8,679,000. 97.13% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on UTHR. BidaskClub raised shares of United Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Wedbush set a $253.00 target price on shares of United Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Therapeutics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Standpoint Research raised shares of United Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 12th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upped their target price on shares of United Therapeutics from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, November 19th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $134.00.

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United Therapeutics Company Profile

United Therapeutics Corporation, a biotechnology company, develops and commercializes products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases worldwide. The company's commercial products include Remodulin, a continuously-infused formulation of the prostacyclin analogue treprostinil for subcutaneous and intravenous administration to diminish symptoms associated with exercise in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients; Tyvaso, an inhaled formulation of treprostinil to enhace the exercise ability in PAH patients; Orenitram, a tablet dosage form of treprostinil to enhance the exercise capacity in PAH patients; and Adcirca, an oral PDE-5 inhibitor to enhance the exercise ability in PAH patients.

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