FY2018 EPS Estimates for UnitedHealth Group Inc Increased by Leerink Swann (UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) – Investment analysts at Leerink Swann raised their FY2018 earnings estimates for UnitedHealth Group in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. Leerink Swann analyst A. Gupte now forecasts that the healthcare conglomerate will post earnings of $12.60 per share for the year, up from their prior forecast of $10.80. Leerink Swann has a “Outperform” rating on the stock. Leerink Swann also issued estimates for UnitedHealth Group’s FY2019 earnings at $14.40 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $16.50 EPS.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 16th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.50 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $52.06 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $51.57 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a net margin of 5.25% and a return on equity of 21.29%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.11 EPS.

A number of other brokerages also recently weighed in on UNH. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $225.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Monday, November 27th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group to $228.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $248.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, December 1st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have issued a buy rating to the company. UnitedHealth Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $241.30.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded up $0.19 on Friday, reaching $243.35. 4,279,283 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,634,767. The company has a quick ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58. The stock has a market cap of $234,890.00, a P/E ratio of 22.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 0.66. UnitedHealth Group has a 1 year low of $156.49 and a 1 year high of $243.90.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Capital International Investors boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 399.3% during 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 during the period. Jennison Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 146.0% during 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 during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 1,820.1% during 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 during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 2.5% during 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 during the period. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 77.3% during 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 during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.09% of the company’s stock.

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 value of $1,250,536.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 61,137 shares in the company, valued at $13,652,503.47. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Kenneth Irwin Shine sold 457 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 33,655 shares of company stock worth $7,469,083. 0.89% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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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