athenahealth, Inc. (ATHN) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-eight ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $150.00.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $152.00 price objective on shares of athenahealth in a report on Friday, July 14th. BidaskClub cut shares of athenahealth from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $186.00 price objective (up previously from $169.00) on shares of athenahealth in a report on Monday, July 24th. UBS AG reaffirmed a “positive” rating and issued a $175.00 price objective (up previously from $157.00) on shares of athenahealth in a report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, First Analysis cut shares of athenahealth from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $99.00 to $125.00 in a report on Monday, July 24th.

Shares of athenahealth (NASDAQ ATHN) traded up 1.56% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $124.02. 845,853 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $4.95 billion, a P/E ratio of 157.39 and a beta of 1.76. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $131.05 and its 200-day moving average price is $129.70. athenahealth has a 12-month low of $90.11 and a 12-month high of $158.66.

athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The health services provider reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.12. athenahealth had a net margin of 2.80% and a return on equity of 6.91%. The business had revenue of $301.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $298.68 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.34 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that athenahealth will post $1.91 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other athenahealth news, SVP Jonathan D. Porter sold 422 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.00, for a total value of $64,988.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Brandon H. Hull sold 800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.01, for a total transaction of $112,008.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 16,505 shares of company stock valued at $2,240,851. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in shares of athenahealth by 0.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 5,975,119 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $839,803,000 after buying an additional 47,341 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new position in shares of athenahealth in the second quarter worth about $713,856,000. Morgan Stanley boosted its holdings in shares of athenahealth by 9.7% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 4,514,305 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $508,717,000 after buying an additional 397,837 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of athenahealth by 1.8% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,100,643 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $435,795,000 after buying an additional 53,361 shares during the period. Finally, Capital Research Global Investors boosted its holdings in shares of athenahealth by 15.5% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 2,041,714 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $286,963,000 after buying an additional 273,660 shares during the period.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc provides network-based medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, care coordination and population health services. The Company also offers Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile applications. The Company delivers majority of its service offerings through a single instance of cloud-based software, athenaNet.

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