athenahealth’s (ATHN) Overweight Rating Reiterated at Piper Jaffray Companies

athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHN)‘s stock had its “overweight” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a $171.00 price objective on the health services provider’s stock. Piper Jaffray Companies’ target price points to a potential upside of 18.92% from the company’s current price. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Several other equities research analysts have also weighed in on ATHN. UBS AG set a $123.00 price objective on athenahealth and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. William Blair reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of athenahealth in a research note on Friday. BidaskClub lowered athenahealth from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $169.00 price objective (up from $163.00) on shares of athenahealth in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Finally, Argus began coverage on athenahealth in a research note on Friday, July 7th. They set a “hold” rating for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. athenahealth currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $141.90.

athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) traded up 6.29% during trading on Friday, hitting $152.84. The stock had a trading volume of 1,395,260 shares. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $141.51 and its 200-day moving average price is $122.62. The stock has a market cap of $6.09 billion, a PE ratio of 300.87 and a beta of 1.79. athenahealth has a 1-year low of $90.11 and a 1-year 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 consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $301.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $298.68 million. athenahealth had a return on equity of 5.93% and a net margin of 1.84%. The company’s revenue was up 15.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.34 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that athenahealth will post $1.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other athenahealth news, SVP Jonathan D. Porter sold 300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $143.13, for a total transaction of $42,939.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Jonathan Bush sold 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $120.00, for a total value of $960,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 319,807 shares in the company, valued at $38,376,840. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 25,683 shares of company stock worth $3,329,871. Corporate insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ATHN. FNY Partners Fund LP raised its position in athenahealth by 1,900.0% in the first quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 1,000 shares of the health services provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 950 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in athenahealth during the fourth quarter valued at $118,000. Teza Capital Management LLC bought a new position in athenahealth during the first quarter valued at $220,000. Comerica Bank bought a new position in athenahealth during the fourth quarter valued at $299,000. Finally, Arxis Securities LLC bought a new position in athenahealth during the first quarter valued at $304,000.

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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