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

United Therapeutics Co. (NASDAQ:UTHR) CEO Martine A. Rothblatt sold 14,108 shares of United Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated 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 directly owns 7,194 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $816,590.94. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

UTHR opened at $114.86 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 4.32 and a quick ratio of 4.05. United Therapeutics Co. has a twelve month low of $100.06 and a twelve month high of $143.73. The company has a market cap of $4.95 billion, a PE ratio of 10.55, a P/E/G ratio of 42.74 and a beta of 1.12.

United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) last released its quarterly earnings data 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). United Therapeutics had a net margin of 31.73% and a return on equity of 25.24%. The company had revenue of $412.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $378.22 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $4.69 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts predict that United Therapeutics Co. will post 14.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Retirement Systems of Alabama raised its holdings in shares of United Therapeutics by 0.4% during the fourth quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 56,512 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $6,154,000 after purchasing an additional 214 shares during the last quarter. Virtus ETF Advisers LLC increased its holdings in United Therapeutics by 7.2% during the third quarter. Virtus ETF Advisers LLC now owns 6,856 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $877,000 after buying an additional 462 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its holdings in United Therapeutics by 5.1% during the third quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 10,430 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,334,000 after buying an additional 509 shares during the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC increased its holdings in United Therapeutics by 22.6% during the third quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 3,324 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $425,000 after buying an additional 613 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co increased its holdings in United Therapeutics by 16.7% during the third quarter. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co now owns 4,400 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $563,000 after buying an additional 630 shares during the last quarter. 97.13% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

UTHR has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on shares of United Therapeutics from $118.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. ValuEngine cut shares of United Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Cowen set a $106.00 target price on shares of United Therapeutics and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 15th. Oppenheimer set a $160.00 target price on shares of United Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 20th. Finally, Standpoint Research raised shares of United Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 12th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently 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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