athenahealth Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 447,439 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 48% from the previous session’s volume of 301,976 shares.The stock last traded at $122.09 and had previously closed at $124.19.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on ATHN. Zacks Investment Research cut athenahealth from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. FBR & Co lowered their target price on athenahealth from $145.00 to $140.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 22nd. Deutsche Bank AG cut athenahealth from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $165.00 to $147.00 in a report on Friday, July 22nd. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $142.00 target price on shares of athenahealth in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $170.00 target price on shares of athenahealth in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $149.58.

The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $128.89 and a 200-day moving average price of $131.21. The stock has a market cap of $4.80 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 448.86.

athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.08. The business earned $261.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $274.07 million. On average, analysts anticipate that athenahealth Inc. will post $1.77 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, COO Ed Park sold 1,500 shares of athenahealth stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.82, for a total value of $188,730.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 19,819 shares in the company, valued at $2,493,626.58. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Brandon H. Hull sold 800 shares of athenahealth stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.00, for a total value of $104,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 7,187 shares in the company, valued at approximately $934,310. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have bought and sold shares of ATHN. Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in athenahealth during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,193,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in athenahealth by 62.6% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,811 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,257,000 after buying an additional 3,007 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in athenahealth by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 112,672 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,137,000 after buying an additional 7,346 shares during the last quarter.

athenahealth, Inc is a provider of cloud-based services and mobile applications for medical groups and health systems. The Company delivers cloud-based services for revenue cycle management and medical billing, electronic health records (EHR), patient engagement, care coordination, order transmission, population health management, and clinical decision support.

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