UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty-six research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $201.71.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $220.00 price target (up from $175.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, August 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on UnitedHealth Group from $210.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. ValuEngine downgraded UnitedHealth Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $215.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, August 18th.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded down 1.29% during trading on Friday, hitting $197.90. 4,068,977 shares of the company traded hands. UnitedHealth Group has a 52-week low of $133.03 and a 52-week high of $200.76. The stock has a market capitalization of $191.34 billion, a PE ratio of 23.77 and a beta of 0.63. The company has a 50-day moving average of $196.20 and a 200-day moving average of $183.34.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.38 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $50.05 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $49.97 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 21.52% and a net margin of 4.32%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.96 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group will post $9.87 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th were issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 7th. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.13%.

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In related news, Director Richard T. Burke sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $191.71, for a total transaction of $2,875,650.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,818,898 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $348,700,935.58. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Larry C. Renfro sold 50,574 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $198.11, for a total value of $10,019,215.14. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 195,625 shares in the company, valued at approximately $38,755,268.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 76,174 shares of company stock worth $14,981,909 in the last ninety days. 0.89% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Regal Wealth Group Inc. grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 0.4% during the second quarter. Regal Wealth Group Inc. now owns 746 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $138,000 after acquiring an additional 3 shares during the period. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 0.4% during the first quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. now owns 1,097 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $180,000 after acquiring an additional 4 shares during the period. RB Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 0.4% during the second quarter. RB Capital Management LLC now owns 1,732 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $321,000 after acquiring an additional 7 shares during the period. Altfest L J & Co. Inc. grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 0.3% during the second quarter. Altfest L J & Co. Inc. now owns 2,963 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $549,000 after acquiring an additional 10 shares during the period. Finally, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust grew its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 1.4% during the first quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 854 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $140,000 after acquiring an additional 12 shares during the period. 86.19% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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