United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL)‘s stock had its “market perform” rating reissued by research analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein in a note issued to investors on Thursday, July 13th. They presently have a $86.00 price target on the transportation company’s stock. Sanford C. Bernstein’s target price suggests a potential upside of 26.86% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other research analysts also recently commented on the company. Cowen and Company lowered their price objective on United Continental Holdings from $75.00 to $72.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Vetr downgraded United Continental Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $65.32 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Imperial Capital lowered their price objective on United Continental Holdings from $82.00 to $75.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, March 17th. Citigroup Inc. upped 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. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating on shares of United Continental Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. United Continental Holdings has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.16.

Shares of United Continental Holdings (NYSE UAL) opened at 67.79 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $74.62 and its 200-day moving average is $73.92. United Continental Holdings has a 12-month low of $46.53 and a 12-month high of $83.04. The stock has a market cap of $20.62 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.37 and a beta of 1.03.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The transportation company reported $2.75 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.31 by $0.44. The firm had revenue of $10 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.95 billion. United Continental Holdings had a return on equity of 29.46% and a net margin of 6.09%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.61 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that United Continental Holdings will post $7.83 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other United Continental Holdings news, EVP Gregory L. Hart sold 3,000 shares of the company’s 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 transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 28,369 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,179,590.27. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 4,642.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 22,075,033 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,559,382,000 after buying an additional 21,609,536 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 0.6% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 21,776,181 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $1,538,270,000 after buying an additional 138,457 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 1.6% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 6,889,017 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $486,640,000 after buying an additional 110,314 shares in the last quarter. Boston Partners increased its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 37.7% in the second quarter. Boston Partners now owns 4,840,050 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $364,214,000 after buying an additional 1,324,894 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of United Continental Holdings by 2.3% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,250,245 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $229,593,000 after buying an additional 73,832 shares in the last quarter. 98.51% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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