United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) CEO Martine A. Rothblatt sold 2,176 shares of United Therapeutics Corporation stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.11, for a total transaction of $276,591.36. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 3,245 shares in the company, valued at $412,471.95. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

Shares of United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ UTHR) traded up 1.73% during trading on Friday, hitting $129.22. 65,353 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $5.61 billion, a PE ratio of 14.99 and a beta of 1.51. United Therapeutics Corporation has a 1-year low of $110.90 and a 1-year high of $169.89. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $130.70 and its 200-day moving average price is $135.52.

United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.25) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.61 by $4.86. United Therapeutics Corporation had a return on equity of 20.96% and a net margin of 24.18%. The firm had revenue of $444.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $391.53 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $4.42 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that United Therapeutics Corporation will post $10.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

United Therapeutics Corporation announced that its board has authorized a share repurchase plan on Thursday, April 27th that authorizes the company to repurchase $250.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the biotechnology company to repurchase up to 4.6% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

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Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in United Therapeutics Corporation by 3.3% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,897,334 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $635,330,000 after buying an additional 155,349 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its stake in United Therapeutics Corporation by 2.4% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,138,779 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $560,308,000 after buying an additional 98,529 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in United Therapeutics Corporation by 7.3% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,785,099 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $512,427,000 after buying an additional 256,514 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its stake in United Therapeutics Corporation by 7.6% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,997,327 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $270,411,000 after buying an additional 140,949 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Palo Alto Investors LLC increased its stake in United Therapeutics Corporation by 0.8% in the first quarter. Palo Alto Investors LLC now owns 1,883,315 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $254,963,000 after buying an additional 14,500 shares during the last quarter.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. UBS AG reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $106.00 target price on shares of United Therapeutics Corporation in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of United Therapeutics Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Therapeutics Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “sell” rating and set a $105.00 price target on shares of United Therapeutics Corporation in a report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Therapeutics Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. United Therapeutics Corporation currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $134.50.

About United Therapeutics Corporation

United Therapeutics Corporation is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of chronic and life-threatening conditions. The Company markets and sells four commercial therapies in the United States to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): Remodulin (treprostinil) Injection; Tyvaso (treprostinil) Inhalation Solution (Tyvaso); Orenitram (treprostinil) Extended-Release Tablets (Orenitram); and Adcirca (tadalafil) Tablets (Adcirca).

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