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How to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH) is a leading healthcare plans business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$554 after a previous close of US$548.87. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD551.3 to a high of USD571.46. The latest price was USD569.45 (25 minute delay). UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for UnitedHealth Group Incorporated. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: UNH. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until UnitedHealth Group Incorporated reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$548.87, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock price (NYSE:UNH)

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Have UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares ever split?

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 30 May 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares which in turn could have impacted UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's share price.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-07-17.
Previous closeUS$548.87
Change US$20.58
Change % 3.7495%
Volume 5,120,068
Information last updated 2024-07-14.
52-week rangeUS$434.5366 - US$550.1879
50-day moving average US$499.3516
200-day moving average US$509.9119
Target priceUS$575.92
PE ratio 31.248
Dividend yield US$7.52 (1.64%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$16.37

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share growth calculator


Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $569.45

1 week (2024-07-10) 13.68%
1 month (2024-06-17) 16.40%
3 months (2024-04-17) 18.89%
6 months (2024-01-17) 8.48%
1 year (2023-07-17) 17.64%
2 years (2022-07-15) 7.49%
3 years (2021-07-16) 35.68%
5 years (2019-07-17) 113.56%

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Is it a good time to buy UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock?

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Is UnitedHealth Group Incorporated under- or over-valued?

Valuing UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's P/E ratio

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's PEG ratio

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2393. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's EBITDA

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$35 billion (£26.9 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$434.5366 up to US$550.1879. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UNH.US volatility(beta: 0.6)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's is 0.603. This would suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated financials

Revenue TTM US$379.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.95%
Gross profit TTM US$79.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.09%
Return on equity TTM 17.22%
Profit margin 4.05%
Book value 94.226
Market capitalisation US$470.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 29.75% of net profits

Recently UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has paid out, on average, around 29.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.64% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shareholders could enjoy a 1.64% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's case, that would currently equate to about $7.52 per share.

While UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's most recent dividend payout was on 24 June 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 16 June 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like UnitedHealth Group Incorporated.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 20.65

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's overall score of 20.65 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.53/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's environmental score of 0.53 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's social score

Social score: 14.36/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's social score of 14.36 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's governance score

Governance score: 4.76/100

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that UnitedHealth Group Incorporated hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 20.65
Total ESG percentile 24.52
Environmental score 0.53
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.36
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.76
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated overview

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health care company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, Optum Health, Optum Insight, and Optum Rx. The UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, and individuals; health care coverage, and health and well-being services to individuals age 50 and older addressing their needs; Medicaid plans, children's health insurance and health care programs; and health and dental benefits, and hospital and clinical services, as well as health care benefits products and services to state programs caring for the economically disadvantaged, medically underserved, and those without the benefit of employer-funded health care coverage. The Optum Health segment provides care delivery, care management, wellness and consumer engagement, and health financial services patients, consumers, care delivery systems, providers, employers, payers, and public-sector entities. The Optum Insight segment offers software and information products, advisory consulting arrangements, and managed services outsourcing contracts to hospital systems, physicians, health plans, governments, life sciences companies, and other organizations. The Optum Rx segment provides pharmacy care services and programs, including retail network contracting, home delivery, specialty and community health pharmacy services, infusion, and purchasing and clinical capabilities, as well as develops programs in the areas of step therapy, formulary management, drug adherence, and disease/drug therapy management. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated was founded in 1974 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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