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UnitedHealth shares climb on Q3 earnings, raised guidance

By Robert Davis

18:43, 26 October 2021

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UNH increased the number of people it served by 790,000 in Q3 - Photo: Shutterstock

Shares of UnitedHealth Group (UNH) were up more than 1.3% to $455.03 (£330.60) Tuesday after the company announced its third-quarter earnings and raised its guidance.

Shares have gained more than 12.3% in value over the last month and more than 30% so far in 2021.

According to the company’s third-quarter earnings statement, UNH brought in $72.3bn in revenue, up 11% from this time last year.

Earnings per share (EPS) for the third quarter was $4.28. Seven analysts at MarketBeat expected UNH to report $71bn in revenue and EPS of $4.57.

Cash flow from operations totalled $7.6bn.

Investors received more than $1.4bn in dividend payments during the third quarter, an increase of 16% compared to the prior-year period.

UNH also repurchased more than 2.5 million shares for $1.1bn during the third quarter.

UNH increased the number of people it served by 790,000 during the third quarter.

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For the full year 2021, UNH expects to bring in net earnings of between $17.70 and $17.95 per share, up from the company’s previous $17.35 to $17.85 EPS projection.  

Read more: UnitedHealth enjoys strong Q2 as revenues rise 15%

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