UnitedHealth stock: buy or sell?
November 15th, 2019
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health care company in the United States. It operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight, and OptumRx.
Should I buy UnitedHealth stock?Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with UnitedHealth stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is UnitedHealth stock a buy?
Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday.At Stocks2.com, we gathered 15 ratings published for UNH stock in the last 30 days. The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for UNH stock, with 10 positive ratings.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-9-30||BMO Capital Markets||Outperform||Market Perform|
|2019-8-29||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Buy|
|2019-4-17||Bank of America||n/a||Buy|
|2019-2-8||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Buy|
UnitedHealth stock analysis
UnitedHealth ended yesterday at $269.40 and climbed a super good 5.30%.
UnitedHealth climbed a super good 5.30% and closed at $269.40. For the last 30 days when UNH stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $32.41 (13.68%). UNH shows a strong short term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom on Wednesday, UNH climbed unceasignly breaking out above its last top at 258.34.
Shares of UnitedHealth ended this week at $269.40 and skyrocketed an impressive 4.84%. By mid October UNH climbed an amazing 9.48% in just one week. Late September UNH plunged a frightening -8.19% in just one week. This week was the third green week in a row.
Since mid October when UNH stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $47.33 (21.31%). Far behind is the all-time high UnitedHealth recorded early December but price is just -5.22% below that top.
UnitedHealth stock price history
UnitedHealth stock went public on October 17th, 1984 with a price of $0.001. Since then, UNH stock grew a inf%, with an average of inf% per year. If you had invested right after UNH's IPO a $1,000 in UnitedHealth stock in 1984, it would worth $inf today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
UnitedHealth stock historical price chart
UNH stock reached all-time highs on December with a price of $284.24.
UnitedHealth stock price target is $281.80How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. You should not follow the analysts' UNH stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We detected 13 price predictions for UnitedHealth stock posted in the last 30 days:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-9-30||BMO Capital Markets||Downgrades||$292.00||$249.00||-14.7%|
|2019-9-26||Morgan Stanley||Lowers Target||$298.00||$294.00||-1.3%|
|2019-8-29||Credit Suisse Group||Set Price Target||n/a||$293.00||-|
|2019-7-19||Raymond James||Raises Target||$265.00||$300.00||13.2%|
|2019-7-12||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$285.00||$298.00||4.6%|
|2019-4-17||SunTrust Banks||Lowers Target||n/a||$300.00||-|
|2019-4-17||Raymond James||Lowers Target||$310.00||$265.00||-14.5%|
|2019-4-17||Morgan Stanley||Lowers Target||$315.00||$285.00||-9.5%|
|2019-4-17||Bank of America||Lowers Target||$320.00||$290.00||-9.4%|
|2019-2-8||Credit Suisse Group||Reiterates||n/a||$310.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAfter presenting its last earnings report on April, UnitedHealth . As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared to 2017, last anual sales report draw an exceptional increase of 12.36% to $224,871.00 million USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, by contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained stable a 0.05% to 5.33%. UnitedHealth presents anual results in December, and to compare its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, UnitedHealth TTM sales up to March 2019 were $229,884.00 and earnings $12,617.00 M USD. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review UnitedHealth business evolution since December 2018: Annual revenues up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a slightly fine 2.23%. Regarding profit margin, UnitedHealth remained stable 0.16% to 5.33%
|2013||$122,500 M||-||$5,630 M4.6%||-|
|2014||$130,474 M||6.51%||$5,619 M4.3%||-0.20%|
|2015||$156,397 M||19.87%||$5,813 M3.7%||3.45%|
|2016||$184,012 M||17.66%||$7,017 M3.8%||20.71%|
|2017||$200,136 M||8.76%||$10,558 M5.3%||50.46%|
|2018||$224,871 M||12.36%||$11,986 M5.3%||13.53%|
|TTM||$229,884 M||2.23%||$12,617 M5.5%||5.26%|
Quarterly financial resultsUnitedHealth reported $59,903.00 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 3.15% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $3,467.00 M with a profit margin of 5.79%. Profit margin remained steady a 0.55% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 5.23%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, UnitedHealth sales marked a cool gain and rose a 9.13%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, UnitedHealth posted 7 positive quarters in a row.
|2017-Q2||$50,050 M||-||$2,280 M4.6%||-|
|2017-Q3||$50,320 M||0.54%||$2,490 M4.9%||9.21%|
|2017-Q4||$52,061 M||3.46%||$3,617 M6.9%||45.26%|
|2018-Q1||$54,890 M||5.43%||$2,836 M5.2%||-21.59%|
|2018-Q2||$55,731 M||1.53%||$2,922 M5.2%||3.03%|
|2018-Q3||$56,174 M||0.79%||$3,188 M5.7%||9.10%|
|2018-Q4||$58,076 M||3.39%||$3,040 M5.2%||-4.64%|
|2019-Q1||$59,903 M||3.15%||$3,467 M5.8%||14.05%|
UnitedHealth ownershipWhen you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For UnitedHealth, 0.59% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for UNH stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to UnitedHealth:
|Market cap||$255.2 B||$75.5 B||$23.8 B||$45.3 B|
|Total shares||947.4 M||253.6 M||413.8 M||135.1 M|
|Float shares||941.0 M||253.2 M||408.0 M||132.0 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||88.2%||91.4%||92.3%||96.4%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.6%||0.2%||2.4%||0.2%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Friday, November 15th, 2019|
|Day range||$255.36 - $275.57|
|Average true range||$5.23|
|50d mov avg||$237.02|
|100d mov avg||$240.78|
|200d mov avg||$242.10|
UnitedHealth performanceTo measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. For UnitedHealth, the comparison is made against Anthem, Centene and Humana.
UnitedHealth competitorsOne check before trading any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for UnitedHealth. We selected 3 companies as UnitedHealth competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.
Latest UnitedHealth stock news
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