Atlantic Trust LLC lifted its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) by 0.1% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 12,329 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock after purchasing an additional 9 shares during the period. UnitedHealth Group comprises 1.8% of Atlantic Trust LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 18th largest holding. Atlantic Trust LLC’s holdings in UnitedHealth Group were worth $2,286,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 1.2% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 69,430,416 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $12,873,786,000 after purchasing an additional 796,654 shares during 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 acquiring an additional 1,588,516 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.1% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 56,101,668 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $10,402,371,000 after acquiring an additional 1,168,324 shares during the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.3% in the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 7,906,936 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $1,466,104,000 after acquiring an additional 174,290 shares during the last quarter. Finally, TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 3.9% in the second quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 5,882,427 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $1,090,720,000 after acquiring an additional 223,524 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 86.20% of the company’s stock.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) traded up $1.86 on Thursday, reaching $224.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,059,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,100,568. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated 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. The firm has a market capitalization of $216,240.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.17, a PEG ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 0.66.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.66 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.57 by $0.09. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 21.52% and a net margin of 4.50%. The firm had revenue of $50.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $50.38 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.17 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated will post 9.99 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.75 dividend. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 34.09%.

In other news, insider Thomas E. Roos sold 975 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $205.47, for a total transaction of $200,333.25. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 24,630 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,060,726.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Larry C. Renfro sold 50,574 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 $38,755,268.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 62,606 shares of company stock worth $12,677,525. Insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts recently commented on the company. Leerink Swann reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $240.00 target price (up from $225.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $219.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Cantor Fitzgerald upped their target price on UnitedHealth Group to $225.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Oppenheimer upped their target price on UnitedHealth Group from $215.00 to $205.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $245.00 target price (up from $230.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Wednesday, November 29th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $224.56.

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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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