Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE:UAL) fell 1.8% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as low as $47.18 and last traded at $47.33, with a volume of 2,513,625 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $48.18.

Several research firms recently commented on UAL. Vetr lowered shares of United Continental Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $45.50 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price objective on shares of United Continental Holdings in a report on Wednesday, July 20th. Deutsche Bank AG raised shares of United Continental Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Stifel Nicolaus decreased their price objective on shares of United Continental Holdings from $75.00 to $70.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed an “underweight” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a report on Saturday, June 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $65.90.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $45.75 and its 200 day moving average price is $49.32. The company has a market capitalization of $15.35 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 2.60.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $2.61 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.44 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $9.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.36 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $3.31 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that United Continental Holdings Inc. will post $8.00 EPS for the current year.

Several large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Employees Retirement System of Texas acquired a new stake in United Continental Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,490,000. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP raised its stake in United Continental Holdings by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 3,444,077 shares of the company’s stock valued at $197,346,000 after buying an additional 117,266 shares in the last quarter. US Bancorp DE raised its stake in 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 in the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC raised its stake in United Continental Holdings by 13.5% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 1,531,025 shares of the company’s stock valued at $87,728,000 after buying an additional 181,967 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Advisors LLC raised its stake in United Continental Holdings by 20.1% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 3,262,289 shares of the company’s stock valued at $186,929,000 after buying an additional 546,342 shares in the last quarter.

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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