What Will Happen to UnitedHealth Group Inc Next? The Stock Just Had Huge Bullish Options Activity

 What Will Happen to UnitedHealth Group Inc Next? The Stock Just Had Huge Bullish Options Activity

In today’s session UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH) registered an unusually high (199) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the January, 2018 call, expecting serious UNH increase. With 199 contracts traded and 5514 open interest for the Jan, 18 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: UNH180119C00150000 closed last at: $15.65 or 9.1% up. The stock increased 0.84% or $1.28 on November 23, hitting $153.54. UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) has risen 14.47% since April 22, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.06% the S&P500.

Analysts await UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings on January, 17. They expect $2.07 earnings per share, up 47.86% or $0.67 from last year’s $1.4 per share. UNH’s profit will be $1.99 billion for 18.54 P/E if the $2.07 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.17 actual earnings per share reported by UnitedHealth Group Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.61% negative EPS growth.

UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) Ratings Coverage

Out of 15 analysts covering UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), 14 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 1 “Hold”. This means 93% are positive. UnitedHealth Group has been the topic of 20 analyst reports since September 2, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Morgan Stanley reinitiated UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) on Wednesday, September 9 with “Overweight” rating. Mizuho maintained UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) on Friday, November 20 with “Buy” rating. Vetr upgraded the stock to “Strong-Buy” rating in Wednesday, September 2 report. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Wednesday, July 20. The rating was initiated by Credit Suisse with “Outperform” on Wednesday, December 16. The company was initiated on Thursday, June 16 by Bernstein. JP Morgan initiated UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) on Wednesday, September 16 with “Overweight” rating. As per Friday, July 22, the company rating was upgraded by Argus Research. The rating was maintained by FBR Capital with “Outperform” on Thursday, November 19. As per Friday, October 2, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “UnitedHealth Group Inc. offers health care coverage and related services to help people achieve improved health and well-being through all stages of life. The company’s products and services reflect a number of core capabilities, including medical information management, health benefit administration, care coordination, risk assessment and pricing, health benefit design and provider contracting. With these capabilities, it is able to provide comprehensive health care management services through organized health systems and insurance products.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.02 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.10, from 0.92 in 2016Q1. The ratio improved, as 55 funds sold all UnitedHealth Group Inc shares owned while 466 reduced positions. 94 funds bought stakes while 386 increased positions. They now own 805.88 million shares or 5.42% less from 852.02 million shares in 2016Q1.
Los Angeles Capital Mgmt Equity Rech Inc has 0.52% invested in the company for 431,478 shares. Mizuho Securities Usa Inc, a New York-based fund reported 5,985 shares. Moreover, Blackrock Japan has 0.7% invested in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) for 1.38 million shares. Clearbridge Limited last reported 2.19% of its portfolio in the stock. Tiaa Cref Trust Fsb Mo has invested 0.16% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH). Counsel Incorporated accumulated 39,070 shares or 0.55% of the stock. Delta Lloyd Nv reported 189,734 shares or 0.9% of all its holdings. Wedge Cap Management L L P Nc has 9,490 shares for 0.01% of their US portfolio. Rockefeller Fincl Services last reported 0.07% of its portfolio in the stock. United Service Automobile Association accumulated 1.19 million shares or 0.6% of the stock. Ronald Blue Ltd Liability Co accumulated 4,145 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Wexford Capital Lp owns 7,190 shares or 0.18% of their US portfolio. Tci Wealth Advsrs last reported 1,357 shares in the company. Argent Trust Communications holds 13,530 shares or 0.84% of its portfolio. Nationwide Fund Advsr accumulated 952,901 shares or 0.58% of the stock.

Insider Transactions: Since June 10, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 6 sales for $9.57 million net activity. Shares for $2.07M were sold by WILSON D ELLEN on Friday, October 21. Another trade for 5,460 shares valued at $822,000 was made by WILENSKY GAIL R on Thursday, November 17. BURKE RICHARD T sold 40,000 shares worth $5.41M. $47,121 worth of UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) shares were sold by Shine Kenneth Irwin. The insider BALLARD WILLIAM C JR sold $453,615.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a diversified healthcare company. The company has a market cap of $147.37 billion. The Firm operates through four divisions: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx. It has a 22.68 P/E ratio. The Firm conducts its activities through two business platforms: health benefits operating under UnitedHealthcare and health services operating under Optum.

UNH Company Profile

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, incorporated on January 25, 1977, is a health and well-being company. The Company’s business platforms include UnitedHealthcare and Optum. UnitedHealthcare provides health care benefits to various clients and markets. Optum is a health services business serving the health care marketplace, including payers, care providers, employers, Governments, life sciences companies and consumers. The Company’s business platforms have four divisions: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx.

More news for UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) were recently published by: Forbes.com, which released: “December 9th Options Now Available For UnitedHealth Group (UNH)” on October 27, 2016. Finance.Yahoo.com‘s article titled: “UnitedHealth Group Hits 52-Week High on Solid Earnings, View” and published on November 14, 2016 is yet another important article.

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