UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the twenty-seven brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and twenty-four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $224.13.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Raymond James Financial reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $210.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, Oppenheimer raised their price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $215.00 to $205.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th.

In other news, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,600 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $223.31, for a total transaction of $1,250,536.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 61,137 shares in the company, valued at $13,652,503.47. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Kenneth Irwin Shine sold 457 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $211.03, for a total transaction of $96,440.71. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 62,606 shares of company stock valued at $12,677,525 over the last 90 days. 0.89% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of UNH. Blue Chip Partners Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter worth about $110,000. Kings Point Capital Management grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 27.9% in the first quarter. Kings Point Capital Management now owns 687 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $113,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares during the period. Bruderman Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in UnitedHealth Group in the second quarter valued at approximately $114,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 433.3% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 640 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $119,000 after purchasing an additional 520 shares during the period. Finally, BDO Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in UnitedHealth Group in the second quarter valued at approximately $121,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.20% of the company’s stock.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded up $1.86 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $224.35. 3,059,400 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,100,568. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.70. UnitedHealth Group has a 12-month low of $156.09 and a 12-month high of $231.77. The firm has a market capitalization of $216,240.00, a PE ratio of 23.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 0.66.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.57 by $0.09. UnitedHealth Group had a net margin of 4.50% and a return on equity of 21.52%. The firm had revenue of $50.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $50.38 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $2.17 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that UnitedHealth Group will post 9.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.34%. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.09%.

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About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a health and well-being company. The Company operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx. It conducts its operations through two business platforms: health benefits operating under UnitedHealthcare and health services operating under Optum.

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