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How to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a healthcare plans business based in the US. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares (UNH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated employs 325,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$247.8 billion.

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  3. Search for UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UNH. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until UnitedHealth Group Incorporated reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share price

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$187.72 - USD$324.57
50-day moving average USD$310.9174
200-day moving average USD$290.0222
Wall St. target priceUSD$345.36
PE ratio 16.4216
Dividend yield USD$5 (1.71%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$17.79

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Is it a good time to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock?

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Is UnitedHealth Group Incorporated under- or over-valued?

Valuing UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's P/E ratio

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's PEG ratio

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3076. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's EBITDA

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$26.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM USD$247.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.82%
Gross profit TTM USD$57.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.46%
Return on equity TTM 27.62%
Profit margin 6.9%
Book value $66.973
Market capitalisation USD$278.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares

There are currently 5.2 million UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares held short by investors – that's known as UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's "short interest". This figure is 5.1% down from 5.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares can be evaluated.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares traded daily (recently around 2.6 million). UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's SIR currently stands at 1.97. In other words for every 100,000 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1970 shares are currently held short.

However UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares, or, against the total number of tradable UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0055% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares, roughly 6 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.

Find out more about how you can short UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall score of 18.29 (as at 08/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 23rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.53/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental score of 0.53 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's social score

Social score: 14.35/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's social score of 14.35 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 7.41/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 18.29
Total ESG percentile 22.98
Environmental score 0.53
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.35
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 7.41
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 25.24% of net profits

Recently UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 25.24% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 1.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $5 per share.

While UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 22 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares ever split?

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 31 May 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's share price.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as $187.72 up to $324.57. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNH.US volatility(beta: 0.69)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's is 0.6873. This would suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated overview

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health care company in the United States. It operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight, and OptumRx. The UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older, addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services, as well as services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; Medicaid plans, Children's Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; medical and dental benefits; and health care delivery. The OptumHealth segment provides access to networks of care provider specialists, health management services, care delivery, consumer engagement, and financial services. This segment serves individuals through programs offered by employers, payers, government entities, and directly with the care delivery systems. The OptumInsight segment offers software and information products, advisory consulting arrangements, and services outsourcing contracts to hospital systems, physicians, health plans, governments, life sciences companies, and other organizations. The OptumRx segment provides pharmacy care services and programs, including retail network contracting, home delivery, specialty and compounding pharmacy, and purchasing and clinical, as well as develops programs in areas, such as step therapy, formulary management, drug adherence, and disease/drug therapy management. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated was incorporated in 1977 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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