BidaskClub Downgrades UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) to Buy

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Wednesday, July 19th.

A number of other research firms also recently commented on UNH. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $190.00 price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Monday, July 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $205.00 price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, July 7th. Bank of America Corporation raised their price objective on UnitedHealth Group from $210.00 to $214.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 14th. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $200.00 price objective (up from $195.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, July 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $202.20.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded up 0.23% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $193.02. 2,210,720 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $189.36 and its 200-day moving average price is $174.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $186.62 billion, a PE ratio of 23.19 and a beta of 0.64. UnitedHealth Group has a 1-year low of $132.39 and a 1-year high of $196.04.

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

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In other UnitedHealth Group news, Director William C. Ballard, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $193.98, for a total transaction of $969,900.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 76,058 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,753,730.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,540 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction on Friday, June 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $178.74, for a total value of $990,219.60. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 60,516 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,816,629.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 15,540 shares of company stock worth $2,873,320. Company insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC boosted its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 1,722.9% in the first quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC now owns 638 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 603 shares during the period. Blue Chip Partners Inc. purchased a new position in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter valued at about $110,000. Intellectus Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the fourth quarter valued at about $111,000. Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the fourth quarter valued at about $111,000. Finally, Cribstone Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 22.6% in the first quarter. Cribstone Capital Management LLC now owns 678 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 86.37% 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.

Analyst Recommendations for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

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