Traders sold shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) on strength during trading hours on Friday. $76.06 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $145.86 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $69.80 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, UnitedHealth Group had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. UnitedHealth Group traded up $0.44 for the day and closed at $143.20

Several equities analysts have recently commented on UNH shares. Leerink Swann reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Friday, June 10th. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Wednesday, May 18th. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $153.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, FBR & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. UnitedHealth Group currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $153.44.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $140.35 and a 200 day moving average price of $128.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $138.47 billion and a PE ratio of 22.41.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 19th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $1.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.89 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $46.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $45.05 billion. Analysts predict that UnitedHealth Group Inc. will post $7.91 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, Director William C. Ballard, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $138.58, for a total transaction of $692,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 72,229 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,009,494.82. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,500 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction on Friday, June 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.80, for a total transaction of $768,900.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 59,019 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,250,856.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds recently bought and sold shares of UNH. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 10,013 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $1,178,000 after buying an additional 255 shares in the last quarter. Argent Trust Co increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 0.5% in the third quarter. Argent Trust Co now owns 13,437 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $1,559,000 after buying an additional 65 shares in the last quarter. Girard Partners LTD. increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 17.9% in the fourth quarter. Girard Partners LTD. now owns 18,358 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $2,160,000 after buying an additional 2,792 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 224.8% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 18,755 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $2,206,000 after buying an additional 12,981 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Airain ltd bought a new stake in UnitedHealth Group during the fourth quarter worth about $2,209,000.

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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