athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) Research Coverage Started at Citigroup

Equities research analysts at Citigroup began coverage on shares of athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) in a note issued to investors on Thursday, January 4th, The Fly reports. The firm set a “neutral” rating on the health services provider’s stock.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co cut their price objective on shares of athenahealth from $190.00 to $155.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and set a $184.00 target price on shares of athenahealth in a research note on Friday, October 20th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $170.00 price objective on shares of athenahealth in a research note on Sunday, September 17th. TheStreet cut athenahealth from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded athenahealth from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $125.00 to $127.00 in a report on Monday, October 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $143.96.

Shares of athenahealth (ATHN) traded down $3.18 on Thursday, reaching $129.47. 509,317 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 297,463. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a quick ratio of 1.67 and a current ratio of 1.67. athenahealth has a 1 year low of $95.01 and a 1 year high of $158.66. The company has a market capitalization of $5,308.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 168.14, a P/E/G ratio of 3.10 and a beta of 1.58.

athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The health services provider reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.06. athenahealth had a net margin of 2.65% and a return on equity of 6.78%. The business had revenue of $304.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $310.52 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.60 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that athenahealth will post 1.22 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Amy Abernethy sold 500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.18, for a total transaction of $67,090.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 4,045 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $542,758.10. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Jonathan Bush sold 30,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.80, for a total value of $4,044,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 320,807 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $43,244,783.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 69,700 shares of company stock valued at $9,375,172. Company insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Elliott Management Corp purchased a new position in athenahealth during the 2nd quarter worth $52,706,000. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its position in shares of athenahealth by 33.2% in the 2nd quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 30,536 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $4,292,000 after purchasing an additional 7,605 shares in the last quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. boosted its position in shares of athenahealth by 293.2% in the 3rd quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. now owns 9,110 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $1,133,000 after purchasing an additional 6,793 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in shares of athenahealth by 83.3% in the 3rd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 220,000 shares of the health services provider’s stock worth $27,356,000 after purchasing an additional 100,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Perceptive Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of athenahealth in the 3rd quarter worth $8,705,000.

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athenahealth Company Profile

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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