Analyst Ratings for UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH)

Updated: 2017-07-28

An average rating of Buy has been given to UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) by analysts covering the stock. A consensus rating of Buy was previously issued for UNH last month.

25 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 22 gave UNH a buy rating, 2 gave an overweight rating, 1 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Several price targets were given for UNH by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 235, implying potential capital gains of 24.38 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 143, implying potential capital losses of -24.31 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.71 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.77 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 5 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 11 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of UNH to grow at a rate of 14.49 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. UNH has a PEG ratio of 1.53.

In the last 52-weeks, UNH has achieved a high of 193.00 and a low of 132.39. Today's price is 42.71 percent above the 52-week low, and 2.11 percent below the high. UNH has a price/earnings ratio of 22.12. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The UNH value stock report compares UNH to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of UNH is $183.82 billion. UNH is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.