How to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) is a leading healthcare plans business based in the US. It opened the day at $463.5 after a previous close of $461.17. During the day the price has varied from a low of $457.15 to a high of $457.7568. The latest price was $457.7568 (25 minute delay). UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is listed on the NYSE and employs 330,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share price (NYSE:UNH)

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

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 29x. In other words, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares trade at around 29x recent earnings.

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

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 1.7518. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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.

EBITDA

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $24.2 billion (£18 billion).

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

How has coronavirus impacted UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $461.17, which is 34.64% up on its pre-crash value of $301.43 and 145.67% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $187.72.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $711.24 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,683.27.

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.

Total ESG risk score

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's 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 12/31/2018) 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.).

Environmental score

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's 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.

Social score

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's 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.

Governance score

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's 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.

Controversy score

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.65
Total ESG percentile 24.52
Environmental score 0.53
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.36
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.76
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-24.
Open$463.5
High$457.7568
Low$457.15
Close$457.7568
Previous close$461.17
Change$-3.4132
Change %-0.7401%
Volume102,238
Information last updated 2022-01-18.
52-week range$315.9083 - $509.23
50-day moving average$469.4502
200-day moving average$424.9356
Wall St. target price$512.31
PE ratio29.2418
Dividend yield$5.4 (1.24%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$16.1231

Do UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares pay dividends?

1.2%

Dividend yield: 1.24% of stock value

1.2%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.24% of stock value

32.8%

Dividend payout ratio: 32.84% of net profits

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.24% of its share value annually.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 32.84% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.24% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.24% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $5.4 per share.

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

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 13 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as $315.9083 up to $509.23. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNH.US volatility(beta: 0.87)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 0.8652. This would suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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