Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE:UAL) traded up 7.1% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $45.95 and last traded at $45.43, with a volume of 6,161,278 shares. The stock had previously closed at $42.41.

A number of analysts have weighed in on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG cut shares of United Continental Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $75.00 to $62.00 in a research note on Friday, April 1st. Credit Suisse Group AG reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research note on Thursday, March 31st. Raymond James Financial Inc. cut shares of United Continental Holdings from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Continental Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, March 18th. Finally, Vetr lowered shares of United Continental Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $47.73 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, March 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $67.19.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $43.29 and a 200-day moving average of $49.91. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.45 billion and a P/E ratio of 2.37.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 20th. The company reported $1.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.18 by $0.05. The firm earned $8.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.21 billion. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.52 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that United Continental Holdings Inc. will post $7.93 earnings per share for the current year.

In other United Continental Holdings news, insider James E. Compton bought 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 28th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $48.91 per share, for a total transaction of $97,820.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 74,556 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,646,533.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert A. Milton bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 26th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $49.14 per share, with a total value of $49,140.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $49,140. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have made changes to their positions in UAL. Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in shares of United Continental Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,084,000. Eagle Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of United Continental Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,227,000. US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 28,618 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,640,000 after buying an additional 1,371 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 11.8% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 28,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,651,000 after buying an additional 3,051 shares during the period. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc raised its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 35,648 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,043,000 after buying an additional 152 shares during the period.

United Continental Holdings, Inc (UAL) is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc (United). The Company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations. It has global air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Company, through United and its regional carriers, operates an average of approximately 5,000 flights a day to over 340 airports across six continents from its hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark Liberty), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago O’Hare), Denver International Airport (Denver), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston Bush), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), A.B.

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