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 minimum price target given was 143, implying potential capital losses of -24.31 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0.71 percent. 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, which can be compared to the 5 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 11 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

UNH has an estimated earnings growth rate of 14.49 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, 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. Currently the stock is 42.71 percent higher than its low, 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.