Deutsche Bank AG Raises UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) Price Target to $197.00

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) had its target price raised by Deutsche Bank AG from $187.00 to $197.00 in a report published on Thursday, July 13th. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the healthcare conglomerate’s stock.

A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group reissued an outperform rating and issued a $200.00 price target (up from $195.00) on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued an outperform rating and issued a $190.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Monday, July 10th. BidaskClub raised UnitedHealth Group from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a buy rating and issued a $205.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Friday, July 7th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a buy rating and issued a $185.00 price target on shares of UnitedHealth Group in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $202.20.

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH) traded up 0.23% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $193.02. 2,210,720 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $189.18 and its 200-day moving average price is $174.51. The stock has a market cap of $186.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.19 and a beta of 0.64. UnitedHealth Group has a 52-week low of $132.39 and a 52-week high of $196.04.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The healthcare conglomerate reported $2.46 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ 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 analysts’ expectations of $49.97 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.96 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that UnitedHealth Group will post $9.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, Director Gail R. Wilensky sold 5,540 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $178.74, for a total transaction of $990,219.60. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 60,516 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,816,629.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director William C. Ballard, Jr. sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $182.64, for a total value of $913,200.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 75,735 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $13,832,240.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 15,540 shares of company stock worth $2,873,320 in the last ninety days. 0.89% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of UNH. Blue Chip Partners Inc. bought a new stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter worth $110,000. Bruderman Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter worth $114,000. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC boosted its stake 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 worth $106,000 after buying an additional 603 shares during the period. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group by 433.3% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co. Ltd. now owns 640 shares of the healthcare conglomerate’s stock worth $119,000 after buying an additional 520 shares during the period. Finally, BDO Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter worth $121,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.37% of the company’s stock.

About UnitedHealth Group

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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