Brinker Capital Inc. lifted its position in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) by 0.1% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 41,247 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock after acquiring an additional 59 shares during the period. Brinker Capital Inc.’s holdings in UnitedHealth Group were worth $10,199,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Fagan Associates Inc. boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Fagan Associates Inc. now owns 1,433 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $357,000 after acquiring an additional 38 shares in the last quarter. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 3.9% in the first quarter. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA now owns 1,132 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $280,000 after acquiring an additional 43 shares in the last quarter. SWS Partners boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. SWS Partners now owns 2,446 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $609,000 after acquiring an additional 45 shares in the last quarter. CRA Financial Services LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 2.7% in the first quarter. CRA Financial Services LLC now owns 1,792 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $444,000 after acquiring an additional 47 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pratt Collard Advisory Partners LLC boosted its holdings in UnitedHealth Group by 5.7% in the first quarter. Pratt Collard Advisory Partners LLC now owns 877 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock valued at $217,000 after acquiring an additional 47 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.65% of the company’s stock.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group stock opened at $236.56 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. The firm has a market cap of $229.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.37, a PEG ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.65. UnitedHealth Group Inc has a 12 month low of $208.07 and a 12 month high of $287.94.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $3.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.60 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $60.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $59.72 billion. UnitedHealth Group had a return on equity of 25.07% and a net margin of 5.45%. UnitedHealth Group’s quarterly revenue was up 9.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $3.04 EPS. Sell-side analysts anticipate that UnitedHealth Group Inc will post 14.71 EPS for the current year.

Several brokerages have commented on UNH. Zacks Investment Research raised UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $265.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, May 17th. Bank of America reissued a “buy” rating and set a $290.00 price objective (down previously from $320.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. SunTrust Banks lowered their price objective on UnitedHealth Group to $300.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. ValuEngine lowered UnitedHealth Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, UBS Group began coverage on UnitedHealth Group in a research report on Tuesday, April 23rd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $238.00 price objective for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, eighteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. UnitedHealth Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $290.84.

In other news, Director Richard T. Burke sold 10,000 shares of UnitedHealth Group stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $241.99, for a total value of $2,419,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 187,663 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $45,412,569.37. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO David S. Wichmann purchased 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 3rd. The stock was bought at an average cost of $231.79 per share, with a total value of $4,635,800.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 904,367 shares in the company, valued at $209,623,226.93. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 37,930 shares of company stock valued at $9,166,583. 0.82% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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UnitedHealth Group Profile

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health care company in the United States. It operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight, and OptumRx. The UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services, as well as services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; and Medicaid plans, Children's Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health and dental benefits.

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