JPMorgan Upgrades UnitedHealth to "Overweight" (UNH)

JPMorgan Upgrades UnitedHealth to “Overweight” (UNH)


JPMorgan reported on Monday that it has upgraded UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) to “Overweight.”

The firm has raised its rating on UNH from “Not Rated” to “Overweight,” and has given the company a $70 price target. This price target suggests a 16% increase from the stock’s current price of $58.92.

An analyst from the firm noted, “our analysis indicates UNH is best-positioned in our coverage universe from a benefit standpoint heading into reform with only 13% of membership ‘at risk’ by our definition. When coupled with best-in-class market positions across its Benefits segment and differentiated growth profile of the company’s Optum segment we see recent underperformance on Medicare Advantage uncertainty providing a compelling entry point in UNH stock. Our $70 price target assumes a 12x multiple off our 2014 EPS estimate.”

UnitedHealth shares were up 58 cents, or 0.98% during premarket trading Monday. The stock has increased 7% in the past year.

The Bottom Line
Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) have a 1.44% yield, based on Friday’s closing price of $58.92.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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