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younitedHealth Group (UNH) closed the last day of trading at $514.38, or -0.18% from the previous trading session. That move lagged the S&P 500’s 1.5% daily gain. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones gained 1.12% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.16%.

As of today, shares of the largest US health insurer have gained 4.41% over the past month. At the same time, the medical sector lost 0.3%, while the S&P 500 lost 6.54%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from UnitedHealth Group as its next earnings release date approaches. That is expected to be July 15, 2022. In this report, analysts expect UnitedHealth Group to post earnings of $5.25 per share. This would represent an annual growth of 11.7%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate calls for revenue of $79.67 billion, up 11.71% from the prior year quarter.

Zacks consensus estimates for the full year from UNH call for earnings of $21.76 per share and revenue of $320.9 billion. These results would represent year-over-year variations of +14.41% and +11.58%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes in analyst estimates for UnitedHealth Group. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest short-term trading trends. Thus, positive revisions to estimates reflect analysts’ optimism about the company’s business and profitability.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated to short-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes into account these estimation changes and provides a clear and actionable scoring model.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive track record of outperformance verified by external audits, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988 The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has remained flat over the past month. UnitedHealth Group currently holds a Zacks rank of #3 (Hold).

Valuation is also important, so investors should note that UnitedHealth Group has a forward P/E ratio of 23.69 at this time. This valuation marks a premium compared to the average Forward P/E of its sector of 16.34.

It should also be noted that UNH currently has a PEG ratio of 1.6. This measure is used in the same way as the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the growth rate of the stock’s expected earnings. The UNH industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.08 at yesterday’s close.

The medical industry – HMO is part of the medical sector. This group has a Zacks industry ranking of 29, which places it in the top 12% of over 250 industries.

The Zacks Industry Ranking assesses the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Ranking of individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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