Brokerages expect UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings per share of $2.50 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Five analysts have provided estimates for UnitedHealth Group’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $2.54 and the lowest estimate coming in at $2.46. UnitedHealth Group posted earnings of $2.11 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 18.5%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, January 16th.

On average, analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group will report full-year earnings of $9.99 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $9.95 to $10.02. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $11.11 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $10.65 to $12.16. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow UnitedHealth Group.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 16th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.50 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $52.06 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $51.57 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a net margin of 4.50% and a return on equity of 21.52%. UnitedHealth Group’s revenue was up 9.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.11 EPS.

Several analysts recently issued reports on UNH shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $219.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Citigroup boosted their price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $213.00 to $235.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Leerink Swann restated a “buy” rating and issued a $240.00 price objective (up from $225.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $208.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group boosted their price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $215.00 to $225.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $229.54.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE UNH) traded up $3.25 on Tuesday, reaching $228.64. 3,942,400 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,822,722. The stock has a market cap of $225,820.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.98, a P/E/G ratio of 1.54 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 company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a current ratio of 0.70.

In related news, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 sale, the director now directly owns 61,137 shares in the company, valued at $13,652,503.47. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Larry C. Renfro sold 22,598 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $221.75, for a total transaction of $5,011,106.50. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 195,314 shares in the company, valued at $43,310,879.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 34,630 shares of company stock worth $7,669,416 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Capital International Investors boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 399.3% in the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 4,132,602 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $809,370,000 after purchasing an additional 3,304,902 shares in the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 146.0% in the third quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 5,541,977 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $1,085,396,000 after purchasing an additional 3,289,470 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 1,820.1% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,388,641 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $442,896,000 after purchasing an additional 2,264,242 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 64,578,618 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $11,974,168,000 after purchasing an additional 1,588,516 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 77.3% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 3,584,134 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $664,570,000 after purchasing an additional 1,562,661 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.09% of the company’s stock.

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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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