UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) 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 value of $1,250,536.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 61,137 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,652,503.47. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) traded up $6.04 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $228.17. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 6,845,851 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,107,043. The firm has a market cap of $209,588.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.53, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.60 and a beta of 0.64. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has a 52-week low of $155.18 and a 52-week high of $228.75. 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 (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.57 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $50.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $50.38 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 21.52% and a net margin of 4.50%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.17 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated will post 10 EPS for the current year.
Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Institutional & Family Asset Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 4.6% during the 3rd quarter. Institutional & Family Asset Management LLC now owns 19,346 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $3,789,000 after acquiring an additional 857 shares during the last quarter. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new position in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $7,787,000. Visionary Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in UnitedHealth Group in the 3rd quarter valued at $309,000. Jana Partners LLC acquired a new position in UnitedHealth Group in the 3rd quarter valued at $44,601,000. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 711,891 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $139,424,000 after buying an additional 8,769 shares in the last quarter. 86.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Several research firms have recently weighed in on UNH. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $245.00 price objective (up previously from $230.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Wednesday. Oppenheimer boosted their target price on UnitedHealth Group from $215.00 to $225.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group restated a “positive” rating and issued a $240.00 target price (up previously from $233.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Wednesday. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their target price on UnitedHealth Group to $244.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their target price on UnitedHealth Group to $242.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. UnitedHealth Group has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $220.34.
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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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