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Thursday, January 17


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UnitedHealth Is a Steady Investment for the Patient Investor

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UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) erased around half of its losses from the December 2018–January 2019 period. Just as markets often get it wrong, it did so again with UNH stock when the company reported strong quarterly reports. With a proven management team, the company has a multiyear growth plan that embraces digitalization. So as UnitedHealth continues to cut costs, operate more effectively and increase revenue, investors will get rewarded. UNH stock is still around 10% below its 52-week high. And at a valuation of 15.6 times forward earnings, the stock may have more upside potential due to the outsized growth.

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Is UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Outperforming Other Medical Stocks This Year?

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The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for UNH's full-year earnings has moved 0.11% higher within the past quarter. According to our latest data, UNH has moved about 4.95% on a year-to-date basis. Going forward, investors interested in Medical stocks should continue to pay close attention to UNH as it looks to continue its solid performance.

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Analysis: Positioning to Benefit within Motorola Solutions, FibroGen, UnitedHealth Group, Newell Brands, Vuzix, and Choice Hotels International — Research Highlights Growth, Revenue, and Consolidated Results

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The new research reports from Market Source Research, available for free download at the links above, examine Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI), FibroGen, Inc (FGEN), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH), Newell Brands Inc. (NWL), Vuzix Corporation (VUZI), and Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHH) on a fundamental level and outlines the overall demand for their products and services in addition to an in-depth review of the business strategy, management discussion, and overall direction going forward. Please download the entire research report, free of charge, to ensure you are reading all relevant material information. UnitedHealth Group's Recent Financial Performance. For the three months ended September 30th, 2018 vs September 30th, 2017, UnitedHealth Group reported revenue of $56,556.00MM vs $50,322.00MM (up 12.39%) and analysts estimated basic earnings per share $3.31 vs $2.57 (up 28.79%). For the twelve months ended December 31st, 2017 vs December 31st, 2016, UnitedHealth Group reported revenue of $201,159.00MM vs $184,840.00MM (up 8.83%) and analysts estimated basic earnings per share $10.95 vs $7.37 (up 48.58%). Market Source Research's team is comprised of financial professionals, many of which hold Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designations and FINRA® BrokerCheck® certifications. Whether identifying emerging trends, or discovering new opportunity, the team at Market Source Research is dedicated to providing accurate, informative, and objective content that's ahead of the curve.

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Wednesday, January 16


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BofA, Raymond James Bullish On UnitedHealth's Growth Prospects After Q4 Beat

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UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE: UNH) reported a healthy quarter with above-consensus earnings and revenue and reiteratated its 2019 guidance. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kevin Fischbeck reiterated a Buy rating on UnitedHealth with a $320 price target. UnitedHealth reported balanced earnings upside across UnitedHealthcare and Optum, BofA's Fischbeck said in a Wednesday note. While noting the medical loss ratio was more than expected, the analyst said he sees the Medicaid issues as company-specific and fixable over time. "Management did not feel the need to spike out the health insurance fee impact for their view on 2019, signaling that UNH has, in their own view, become the diversified health care company they set out to become."

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UnitedHealth Gains on Strong 4Q Results, 2019 Looks Favorable

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The company maintained its tradition of beating its own guidance with fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 adjusted earnings per share coming in above the guidance provided at the company’s investor conference. The segment’s performance was weighed down slightly by pressures in a handful of Medicaid markets in the fourth quarter. However, actions executed on both structural costs and rate recovery, will ensure return to stronger margin levels for this business in 2019. Strategic investments made over the past 20 years, with strong business wins and pipelines and the many platform expansion opportunities in the United States along with global expansion positions the company for strong growth in the coming years. UnitedHealth, with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has got this reporting cycle off to a flying start. While the other players in the health care space are lined up to report financial results, below are three stocks, poised to beat on earnings per the proven Zacks model.

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UnitedHealth Pops on Solid Q4: Healthcare ETFs to Buy

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Notably, Optum revenues topped $100 billion for the first time in the history last year.The company reaffirmed its adjusted earnings per share guidance of $14.40-$14.70 for this year (read: Best Sector of 2018 and its Hit ETFs & Stocks).Based on solid results, UNH shares rose 3.5% at the close. Further, it flaunts a top VGM Score of A, underscoring its potential to outperform in the weeks ahead.Given this, ETFs having the largest allocation to this health insurer giant has been in focus. We have highlighted them in detail below:iShares Evolved U.S. Healthcare Staples ETF IEHSThis actively managed ETF employs data science techniques to identify companies with exposure to the health care staples sector. It trades in a moderate volume of around 121,000 shares a day and has a Zacks ETF Rank #2 with a Medium risk outlook (read: 10 Top-Ranked ETFs That Crushed the Market in 2018).Vanguard Health Care ETF VHTThis ETF tracks the MSCI US Investable Market Health Care 25/50 Index and holds 359 stocks in its basket.

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Tuesday, January 15


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Netflix, UnitedHealth and Edwards climb; Wells Fargo dips

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:. The video streaming company said it will raise prices for its U.S. subscribers. Technology stocks got a boost from news that China is moving to stimulate economic growth. The consumer bank's revenue fell short of expectations as its business remains restrained by federal regulators.

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UnitedHealth Stock Is Higher After Earnings Beat

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Leerink’s Ana Gupte reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock and a $335 price target following the report. She writes that UnitedHealth turned in a “solid top- and bottom-line beat.”.

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UnitedHealth Finishes 2018 on a Healthy Note

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UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) had a strong 2018, with its stock producing a total return of nearly 15% for shareholders over the course of the year. With many investors seeing healthcare as a defensive industry, UnitedHealth and its peers even managed to hold onto much of their gains when the stock market plunged during the last month of the year, despite some concerns about a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act that could jeopardize a key source of revenue for the industry. Coming into Tuesday's fourth-quarter financial report, UnitedHealth investors were looking for the insurer to finish 2018 strong and wanted confident outlooks for 2019. Weakness in UnitedHealth's Medicaid program weighed on the segment, and some seasonal factors also were at play in holding the company back. Yet solid gains of 2.4 million members showed the growth that UnitedHealth is experiencing, and international acquisitions helped bolster the UnitedHealthcare Global unit's sales by more than a quarter during 2018.

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UnitedHealth says performing better than first-quarter consensus estimate suggests

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UnitedHealth says performing better than first-quarter consensus estimate suggests. ReutersJanuary 15, 2019, 2:17 PM GMT. NEW YORK (Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH.N) is performing better in 2019 than suggested by the Wall Street analyst consensus for first-quarter adjusted earnings, Chief Financial Officer John Rex said on Tuesday during a conference call with investors. The average analyst estimate for first-quarter earnings is $3.48 per share. For 2019, analysts expect full-year earnings of $14.63 per share, according to Refinitiv. UnitedHealth backed its forecast of 2019 adjusted earnings of $14.40 to $14.70 per share. What to read next.

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