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How to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) stocks

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a healthcare plans business based in the US. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stocks (UNH.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $535.06 – an increase of 0.21% over the previous week. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated employs 350,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $306.6 billion.

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock price (NYSE:UNH)

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-08-05.
Latest market close$536.60
52-week range$379.39 - $551.32
50-day moving average $506.33
200-day moving average $488.60
Wall St. target price$572.87
PE ratio 28.2407
Dividend yield $6 (1.22%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $18.90

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

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $536.6 from 2022-08-08

1 week (2022-08-02) 0.21%
1 month (2022-07-08) 3.46%
3 months (2022-05-09) 10.32%
6 months (2022-02-08) 8.75%
1 year (2021-08-09) 30.60%
2 years (2020-08-07) 69.26%
3 years (2019-08-09) 115.82%
5 years (2017-08-09) 175.42%

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 28x. In other words, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

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 1.9209. 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 $27.6 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 $306.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.26%
Gross profit TTM $69.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.19%
Return on equity TTM 24.25%
Profit margin 5.95%
Book value $77.88
Market capitalisation $507.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

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: 20.65

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall score of 20.65 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th 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: 14.36/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's social score of 14.36 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: 4.76/100

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.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share dividends

30%

Dividend payout ratio: 29.91% of net profits

Recently UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 29.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.22% 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 1.22% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $6 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 28 June 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 June 2022 (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 $379.3947 up to $551.3239. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNH.US volatility(beta: 0.76)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 0.7584. 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, Optum Health, Optum Insight, and Optum Rx. 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 care coverage 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 and health care programs; health and dental benefits; and hospital and clinical services. 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 directly through care delivery systems, employers, payers, and government entities. The OptumInsight segment offers software and information products, advisory consulting arrangements, and managed 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 capabilities, as well as develops programs in the areas of step therapy, formulary management, drug adherence, and disease/drug therapy management.

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