Unitedhealth Group INC (UNH) Market Value Rose While Clearbridge Investments LLC Has Lowered Its Stake by $118.65 Million

June 14, 2018 - By Robert Sims

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) LogoInvestors sentiment is 0.96 in 2018 Q1. Its the same as in 2017Q4. It is flat, as 55 investors sold UNH shares while 532 reduced holdings. only 125 funds opened positions while 440 raised stakes. 789.19 million shares or 2.09% less from 806.07 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Valley Advisers invested 0.03% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Bragg Fincl Advisors reported 1.09% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Geode Mgmt Llc stated it has 0.71% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Decatur Cap Mngmt stated it has 47,857 shares or 2.11% of all its holdings. 18,220 were reported by River & Mercantile Asset Mgmt Limited Liability Partnership. Monetary Grp stated it has 19,010 shares. Farmers Trust Com reported 1,193 shares. Suntrust Banks Inc owns 221,985 shares for 0.32% of their portfolio. Eubel Brady And Suttman Asset has 1,034 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio. The Virginia-based Davenport Communication Limited Liability Corp has invested 0% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Df Dent And Company reported 6,088 shares. Richard Bernstein Advsrs Limited Liability invested 0.02% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Kentucky Retirement holds 0.92% or 50,500 shares. Linscomb Williams holds 0.02% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) or 1,028 shares. Westend Advsrs Llc reported 0% in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH).

Since January 18, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 selling transactions for $31.36 million activity. Shine Kenneth Irwin sold 202 shares worth $47,959. $4.79M worth of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was sold by BURKE RICHARD T. $1.40 million worth of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) shares were sold by WILENSKY GAIL R. HOOPER MICHELE J had sold 10,000 shares worth $2.38M on Wednesday, January 31. On Thursday, March 15 the insider Nelson Steven H sold $3.28 million. On Tuesday, January 23 the insider BALLARD WILLIAM C JR sold $2.46 million.

Clearbridge Investments Llc decreased its stake in Unitedhealth Group Inc (UNH) by 3.1% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Clearbridge Investments Llc sold 554,441 shares as the company’s stock rose 4.65% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 17.36 million shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $3.71 billion, down from 17.91 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Clearbridge Investments Llc who had been investing in Unitedhealth Group Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $245.37 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.97% or $2.46 during the last trading session, reaching $255.33. About 2.39 million shares traded. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has risen 37.57% since June 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 25.00% the S&P500.

Clearbridge Investments Llc, which manages about $105.97B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Icon Plc (NASDAQ:ICLR) by 47,088 shares to 1.94 million shares, valued at $229.73 million in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Now Inc (NYSE:DNOW) by 1.88 million shares in the quarter, for a total of 10.16 million shares, and has risen its stake in Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA).

Analysts await UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings on July, 17. They expect $3.03 earnings per share, up 23.17 % or $0.57 from last year’s $2.46 per share. UNH’s profit will be $2.91B for 21.07 P/E if the $3.03 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.04 actual earnings per share reported by UnitedHealth Group Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -0.33 % negative EPS growth.

More recent UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “UnitedHealth, Quest Diagnostics unveil strategic partnership” on May 24, 2018. Also Globenewswire.com published the news titled: “Market Trends Toward New Normal in Cheniere Energy Partners, LP, UnitedHealth Group, Anthem, Sage Therapeutics …” on June 12, 2018. Investorplace.com‘s news article titled: “4 Notable Dividend Increases From the Past Week” with publication date: June 11, 2018 was also an interesting one.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) Ratings Coverage

Among 13 analysts covering UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH), 12 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 92% are positive. UnitedHealth had 18 analyst reports since December 25, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of UNH in report on Thursday, June 7 with “Outperform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Friday, January 12. On Wednesday, January 17 the stock rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with “Buy”. Piper Jaffray maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, April 17 report. The company was maintained on Thursday, March 8 by Cantor Fitzgerald. As per Wednesday, April 18, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald with “Buy” on Tuesday, April 17. Piper Jaffray maintained UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) rating on Tuesday, January 16. Piper Jaffray has “Buy” rating and $259.0 target. Bernstein maintained the shares of UNH in report on Wednesday, April 18 with “Buy” rating. As per Wednesday, April 18, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley.

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