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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for UNH. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 235, implying potential capital gains of 24.38 percent. The minimum price target given was 143, implying a possible loss of -24.31 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days 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.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 5 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 11 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

UNH has an estimated earnings growth rate of 14.49 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of UNH is 1.53.

In the last 52-weeks, UNH has achieved a high of 193.00 and a low of 132.39. Currently the stock is 42.71 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 2.11 percent. 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.