Martine A. Rothblatt Sells 14,108 Shares of United Therapeutics Co. (UTHR) Stock

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United Therapeutics Co. (NASDAQ:UTHR) CEO Martine A. Rothblatt sold 14,108 shares of United Therapeutics stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.51, for a total transaction of $1,601,399.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 7,194 shares in the company, valued at approximately $816,590.94. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

UTHR stock opened at $114.86 on Friday. United Therapeutics Co. has a 12-month low of $100.06 and a 12-month high of $143.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.55, a PEG ratio of 42.74 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a quick ratio of 4.05 and a current ratio of 4.32.

United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The biotechnology company reported $2.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.23 by ($0.81). United Therapeutics had a net margin of 31.73% and a return on equity of 25.24%. The firm had revenue of $412.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $378.22 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $4.69 EPS. United Therapeutics’s revenue was down 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts predict that United Therapeutics Co. will post 14.28 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. ValuEngine cut shares of United Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Oppenheimer set a $160.00 price objective on shares of United Therapeutics and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 20th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on shares of United Therapeutics from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, November 19th. Finally, Cowen set a $106.00 price objective on shares of United Therapeutics and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $134.00.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UTHR. Globeflex Capital L P bought a new stake in shares of United Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $192,000. Advisor Partners LLC bought a new stake in shares of United Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $201,000. Unison Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of United Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $224,000. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new stake in shares of United Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $229,000. Finally, Balasa Dinverno & Foltz LLC bought a new stake in shares of United Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $260,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.13% of the company’s stock.

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About United Therapeutics

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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