UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.75

UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, February 14th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a dividend of 0.75 per share by the healthcare conglomerate on Tuesday, March 20th. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.32%.

UnitedHealth Group has increased its dividend by an average of 27.0% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend annually for the last 8 consecutive years. UnitedHealth Group has a dividend payout ratio of 30.0% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Research analysts expect UnitedHealth Group to earn $14.01 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $3.00 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 21.4%.

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) traded up $0.47 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $227.11. The stock had a trading volume of 434,812 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,175,031. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a current ratio of 0.73. The firm has a market cap of $219,630.00, a P/E ratio of 23.94, a P/E/G ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 0.70. UnitedHealth Group has a one year low of $156.49 and a one year high of $250.79.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 16th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.50 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $52.06 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $51.57 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 21.29% and a net margin of 5.25%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 9.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $2.11 EPS. analysts predict that UnitedHealth Group will post 12.51 EPS for the current year.

In other UnitedHealth Group news, Director Kenneth Irwin Shine sold 198 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $242.55, for a total transaction of $48,024.90. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 1,790,567 shares in the company, valued at approximately $434,302,025.85. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director William C. Ballard, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $246.38, for a total value of $2,463,800.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 76,637 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,881,824.06. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 53,396 shares of company stock valued at $12,262,067. Corporate insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNH. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 30.0% in the 2nd quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership now owns 1,303,068 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $241,615,000 after acquiring an additional 300,744 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Nova Scotia grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 7.8% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of Nova Scotia now owns 447,793 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $83,030,000 after acquiring an additional 32,405 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 6.5% in the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 367,044 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $68,070,000 after acquiring an additional 22,428 shares in the last quarter. Castleark Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 4.2% in the 2nd quarter. Castleark Management LLC now owns 306,486 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $56,829,000 after acquiring an additional 12,226 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 2.4% in the 2nd quarter. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC now owns 241,736 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $44,823,000 after acquiring an additional 5,702 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.00% of the company’s stock.

UNH has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $267.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Saturday, January 20th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $269.00 price target on the stock. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $215.00 to $235.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Credit Suisse Group increased their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $252.00 to $260.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, Bank of America increased their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $230.00 to $240.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. UnitedHealth Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $243.22.

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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.

Dividend History for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

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