Traders bought shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) on weakness during trading on Tuesday. $71.20 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $51.72 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $19.48 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, UnitedHealth Group had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. UnitedHealth Group traded down ($0.31) for the day and closed at $141.82

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

The firm has a market cap of $135.07 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.19. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $141.26 and its 200 day moving average price is $130.48.

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 the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $46.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $45.05 billion. On average, analysts forecast that UnitedHealth Group Inc. will post $7.91 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 20th. Investors of record on Friday, September 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.625 per share. This represents a $2.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 6th.

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

A number of institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in UNH. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. boosted its position in UnitedHealth Group by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 1,444,382 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $171,766,000 after buying an additional 20,971 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its position in UnitedHealth Group by 6.0% in the fourth quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 31,153 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $3,665,000 after buying an additional 1,770 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its position in UnitedHealth Group by 1,125.4% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 22,130 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $2,603,000 after buying an additional 20,324 shares during the last quarter. BOKF NA boosted its position in UnitedHealth Group by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. BOKF NA now owns 90,951 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $10,699,000 after buying an additional 2,302 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in UnitedHealth Group by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 62,272 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $7,326,000 after buying an additional 1,005 shares during the last quarter.

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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