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UnitedHealth Group’s Recent Stock Performance

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Aug. 18 2020, Updated 5:16 a.m. ET

UNH stock performance

On March 14, 2018, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) ended trading at $225.38 per share. The stock registered its 52-week high of $250.79 on January 29, 2018. However, on January 30, 2018, UNH stock fell ~4.2% following the news that Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon, and JPMorgan have entered into a partnership aimed at reducing their employee healthcare costs.

UnitedHealth Group reported its 4Q17 and 2017 earnings results on January 16, 2018. The strong results triggered a pre-market stock rise of ~2.3%. During the day, the stock registered a net rise of ~1.9%. The reported profits for fiscal 4Q17 beat analysts’ estimates.

The stock traded at its 52-week low of $162.74 almost a year ago on March 29, 2017. Over the last year, UNH stock has risen ~33.5%. The stock is currently trading lower than its 50-day moving average of $229.43 but higher than its 200-day moving average of $215.87.

Year-to-date, UNH stock has risen ~4%. Over the past six months, the stock has risen ~16%.

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Peer performances

On March 15, 2018, UnitedHealth Group’s peers Cigna (CI), Anthem (ANTM), and Aetna (AET) had 12-month stock price returns of 9.4%, 35.7%, and 31.6%, respectively.

On comparing the performance of UNH stock with the broader healthcare industry, we find that the stock has outperformed the industry average. The US healthcare industry can be represented by the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which has risen ~12.3% over the last year. The S&P 500 Index, which represents the market, has risen ~15.4% over the same period.

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