UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

Shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-six analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $202.38.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on UNH shares. Vetr raised UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $179.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 15th. UBS AG reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $199.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. BidaskClub raised UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $202.00 to $210.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 28th.

In other UnitedHealth Group news, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,600 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $199.49, for a total transaction of $1,117,144.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 60,834 shares in the company, valued at $12,135,774.66. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Richard T. Burke sold 15,000 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $191.71, for a total value of $2,875,650.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,818,898 shares in the company, valued at $348,700,935.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 25,600 shares of company stock worth $4,962,694. Corporate insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Retirement Systems of Alabama lifted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.5% during the first quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 640,240 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $105,006,000 after acquiring an additional 15,403 shares in the last quarter. Honeywell International Inc. bought a new position in UnitedHealth Group during the first quarter worth about $35,262,000. Harwood Advisory Group LLC lifted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 0.8% during the first quarter. Harwood Advisory Group LLC now owns 1,885 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $309,000 after acquiring an additional 15 shares in the last quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. lifted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 3.9% during the first quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 25,730 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $3,946,000 after acquiring an additional 970 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. lifted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 8.5% during the first quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 260,811 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $42,774,000 after acquiring an additional 20,541 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.21% of the company’s stock.

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UnitedHealth Group (NYSE UNH) traded down 0.21% on Tuesday, hitting $197.75. The stock had a trading volume of 2,205,962 shares. The firm has a market cap of $191.20 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.76 and a beta of 0.63. UnitedHealth Group has a 1-year low of $132.39 and a 1-year high of $200.44. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $194.18 and its 200-day moving average price is $179.36.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.46 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.38 by $0.08. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 21.52% and a net margin of 4.32%. The firm had revenue of $50.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $49.97 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.96 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that UnitedHealth Group will post $9.87 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.52%. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.13%.

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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