UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) Price Target Increased to $225.00 by Analysts at Jefferies Group LLC

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) had its price target boosted by Jefferies Group LLC from $215.00 to $225.00 in a report published on Friday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the healthcare conglomerate’s stock.

Several other brokerages have also recently weighed in on UNH. Cantor Fitzgerald restated an overweight rating and issued a $208.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Friday, July 21st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of UnitedHealth Group from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of UnitedHealth Group from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued an outperform rating and set a $205.00 target price (up from $203.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of UnitedHealth Group from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $204.02.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH) opened at 193.20 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $186.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.21 and a beta of 0.63. UnitedHealth Group has a 52-week low of $133.03 and a 52-week high of $200.76. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $196.56 and a 200 day moving average of $184.87.

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

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th were given a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.55%. UnitedHealth Group’s payout ratio is 35.13%.

In related news, 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 completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 195,625 shares in the company, valued at $38,755,268.75. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $199.49, for a total value of $1,117,144.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 60,834 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,135,774.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 76,174 shares of company stock worth $14,981,909. 0.89% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Honeywell International Inc. acquired a new stake in UnitedHealth Group during the first quarter worth about $35,262,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 5.3% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,656,975 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $678,077,000 after buying an additional 183,401 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 8.5% in the first quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 260,811 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $42,774,000 after buying an additional 20,541 shares in the last quarter. Factory Mutual Insurance Co. grew its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 20.9% in the second quarter. Factory Mutual Insurance Co. now owns 416,600 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $77,245,000 after buying an additional 72,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Shell Asset Management Co. grew its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 0.8% in the second quarter. Shell Asset Management Co. now owns 157,241 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $29,156,000 after buying an additional 1,254 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.11% of the company’s stock.

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.

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