UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH)

UNH (NYSE:Health Services) EQUITY
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Today's Range: 114.08 - 115.90 | UNH Avg Daily Volume: 4,518,300
Last Update: 11/27/15 - 1:01 PM EST
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: 13.11%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $114.41
52 Week Range: $95.00 - $126.21
Oustanding Shares: 953,108,435
Market Cap: 109,045,136,048
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for UNH
Buy Hold Sell
A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 15 15 15 14
Moderate Buy 2 2 2 1
Hold 1 2 2 2
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 1.19 1.29 1.29 1.29
Latest Dividend: 0.50
Latest Dividend Yield: 1.75%
Dividend Ex-Date: 12/02/15
Price Earnings Ratio: 18.16
Price Earnings Comparisons:
UNH Sector Avg. S&P 500
18.16 18.20 32.68
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
-2.91% 16.54% 117.42%
Revenue 6.50 0.00 0.00
Net Income -1.00 0.09 0.03
EPS 3.60 0.20 0.06
Earnings for UNH:
Revenue 130.47B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (12/15) Qtr (03/16) FY (12/15) FY (12/16)
Average Estimate $1.32 $1.61 $6.00 $7.20
Number of Analysts 14 10 12 15
High Estimate $1.55 $1.69 $6.06 $7.35
Low Estimate $1.23 $1.46 $5.98 $7.10
Prior Year $1.55 $1.46 $5.70 $6.00
Growth Rate (Year over Year) -15.07% 10.27% 5.32% 20.00%
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Prudence suggests refraining from buying.

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But that's how the market has been living and dying.
But the problem with trying to anticipate such a reversal is twofold.

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