United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) was the target of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Traders bought 1,399 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 115% compared to the typical daily volume of 650 call options.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on UAL shares. Vetr lowered United Continental Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $65.32 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Cowen and Company lifted their price objective on United Continental Holdings from $72.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on United Continental Holdings from $75.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, March 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Continental Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $83.76.

In other news, EVP Michael P. Bonds sold 9,971 shares of United Continental Holdings stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.86, for a total value of $786,313.06. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 8,716 shares in the company, valued at $687,343.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Gregory L. Hart sold 3,000 shares of United Continental Holdings stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.83, for a total value of $230,490.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 28,369 shares in the company, valued at $2,179,590.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in UAL. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of United Continental Holdings during the first quarter valued at approximately $122,000. FNY Partners Fund LP boosted its position in shares of United Continental Holdings by 2,073.9% in the first quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 2,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $141,000 after buying an additional 1,908 shares in the last quarter. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of United Continental Holdings by 88.9% in the first quarter. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC now owns 2,074 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 976 shares in the last quarter. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its position in shares of United Continental Holdings by 15.6% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,687 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $190,000 after buying an additional 363 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new position in shares of United Continental Holdings during the first quarter valued at approximately $208,000. 96.66% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of United Continental Holdings (UAL) opened at 71.57 on Friday. United Continental Holdings has a 1-year low of $44.15 and a 1-year high of $83.04. The company has a market capitalization of $22.16 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.19 and a beta of 1.04. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $78.03 and a 200 day moving average price of $74.25.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The transportation company reported $2.75 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.31 by $0.44. United Continental Holdings had a net margin of 6.09% and a return on equity of 29.46%. The company had revenue of $10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.95 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $2.61 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that United Continental Holdings will post $7.85 earnings per share for the current year.

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United Continental Holdings Company Profile

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 flights 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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