Wall Street analysts expect UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) to announce sales of $50.31 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have made estimates for UnitedHealth Group’s earnings. The highest sales estimate is $50.59 billion and the lowest is $50.08 billion. UnitedHealth Group reported sales of $46.29 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 8.7%. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, October 17th.

On average, analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group will report full-year sales of $50.31 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $200.17 billion to $201.24 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will report sales of $219.41 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $217.31 billion to $221.86 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for UnitedHealth Group.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.46 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.38 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $50.05 billion during 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 firm’s revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.96 earnings per share.

Several research firms have commented on UNH. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $205.00 target price on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Friday, July 7th. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $190.00 price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Monday, July 10th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated 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. Citigroup Inc. increased their price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group from $195.00 to $213.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $212.00 price objective on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, July 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $203.41.

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In related news, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 sale, the director now owns 60,834 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,135,774.66. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director William C. Ballard, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $193.98, for a total transaction of $969,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 76,058 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,753,730.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 25,600 shares of company stock valued at $4,962,694. 0.89% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of UNH. Harbour Capital Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 18,383.4% in the 2nd quarter. Harbour Capital Advisors LLC now owns 2,516,706 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $13,573,000 after acquiring an additional 2,503,090 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 1,820.1% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,388,641 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $442,896,000 after buying an additional 2,264,242 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 64,578,618 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $11,974,168,000 after buying an additional 1,588,516 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 77.3% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 3,584,134 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $664,570,000 after buying an additional 1,562,661 shares during the period. Finally, Jennison Associates LLC increased its stake in UnitedHealth Group by 180.4% in the 2nd quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 2,252,507 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $417,660,000 after buying an additional 1,449,130 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.21% of the company’s stock.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) traded up 0.23% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $198.18. 4,198,691 shares of the company were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $195.28 and its 200 day moving average price is $180.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $191.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.81 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 company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th will be given a $0.75 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.51%. UnitedHealth Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.13%.

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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