Wall Street analysts expect UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings per share of $2.50 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Five analysts have provided estimates for UnitedHealth Group’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $2.53 and the lowest is $2.46. UnitedHealth Group posted earnings of $2.11 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 18.5%. The business is scheduled to announce its next earnings report on Tuesday, January 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group will report full year earnings of $9.99 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.95 to $10.02. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $10.81 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $10.65 to $10.90. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that cover UnitedHealth Group.

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 analysts’ consensus estimates 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 net margin of 4.50% and a return on equity of 21.52%. UnitedHealth Group’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $2.17 earnings per share.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on UNH shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $225.00 target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Monday, November 27th. ValuEngine lowered shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group to $228.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $210.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $224.56.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded down $0.28 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $222.49. 2,294,100 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,100,740. The company has a quick ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The firm has a market cap of $215,879.17, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 0.66. UnitedHealth Group has a 12 month low of $156.09 and a 12 month high of $231.77.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a $0.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.35%. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.26%.

In related news, Director Kenneth Irwin Shine sold 457 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $211.03, for a total transaction of $96,440.71. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Larry C. Renfro sold 50,574 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $198.11, for a total transaction of $10,019,215.14. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 195,625 shares in the company, valued at $38,755,268.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 62,606 shares of company stock worth $12,677,525. Company insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in UNH. Marshall Wace LLP boosted its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 441.4% during the 2nd quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 13,935 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $2,578,000 after purchasing an additional 11,361 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 16.9% during the 2nd quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 4,703,113 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $872,051,000 after purchasing an additional 681,111 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 5.3% during the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,656,975 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $678,077,000 after purchasing an additional 183,401 shares during the period. Essex Financial Services Inc. boosted its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 12.3% during the 2nd quarter. Essex Financial Services Inc. now owns 8,846 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $1,640,000 after purchasing an additional 967 shares during the period. Finally, Factory Mutual Insurance Co. boosted its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 20.9% during the 2nd quarter. Factory Mutual Insurance Co. now owns 416,600 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $77,245,000 after purchasing an additional 72,000 shares during the period. 86.20% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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UnitedHealth Group Company Profile

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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