Commerce Bank raised its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) by 0.4% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 72,873 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock after buying an additional 277 shares during the period. Commerce Bank’s holdings in UnitedHealth Group were worth $10,202,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in UNH. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 2.0% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 57,213,923 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $8,078,605,000 after buying an additional 1,123,084 shares in the last quarter. Capital World Investors increased its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 1.5% in the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 41,215,301 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $5,819,601,000 after buying an additional 626,451 shares in the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors increased its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 0.5% in the second quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 29,118,588 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $4,111,545,000 after buying an additional 147,410 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 1.5% in the second quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 25,906,410 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $3,657,985,000 after buying an additional 388,807 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 3.5% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 14,196,922 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $2,004,605,000 after buying an additional 483,939 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 84.92% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) traded down 0.46% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $152.11. 4,990,944 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $143.37 and a 200 day moving average of $139.61. The firm has a market capitalization of $144.61 billion, a PE ratio of 25.31 and a beta of 0.63. UnitedHealth Group Inc. has a 1-year low of $107.51 and a 1-year high of $154.50.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 18th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.08 by $0.09. UnitedHealth Group had a net margin of 3.62% and a return on equity of 19.92%. The firm had revenue of $46.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $46.09 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.77 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that UnitedHealth Group Inc. will post $8.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 2nd will be given a $0.625 dividend. This represents a $2.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 30th. UnitedHealth Group’s payout ratio is 36.93%.

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Several brokerages have commented on UNH. Vetr upgraded shares of UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 7th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Tuesday, October 4th. Leerink Swann reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Sunday, August 21st. Cowen and Company set a $150.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 6th. Finally, Evercore ISI initiated coverage on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, September 22nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $155.00 price target for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $158.03.

In other news, Director Richard T. Burke sold 40,000 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $135.31, for a total transaction of $5,412,400.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 2,003,550 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $271,100,350.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP D Ellen Wilson sold 14,365 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.18, for a total transaction of $2,071,145.70. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 66,635 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,607,434.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.65% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

UnitedHealth Group Company Profile

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a diversified healthcare company. The Company operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx. The Company conducts its operations through two business platforms: health benefits operating under UnitedHealthcare and health services operating under Optum.

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