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 highest price target was 235, which equates to a potential upside of 24.38 percent. The minimum price target given was 143, which equates to a potential downside of -24.31 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.71 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.77 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 5 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 11 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of UNH's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 14.49 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. UNH has a PEG ratio of 1.53.

UNH has traded between a high of 193.00 and a low of 132.39 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 42.71 percent, and 2.11 percent lower than its 52-week 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.