Stock Price Targets in Spotlight: UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) shares are trading -0.403% thus far today and have traded in the range of 176.760 – 178.080 during the current session. In order to take a look at where the stock might headed longer term, we can also look at different sets of data. Sell-side research firms currently have a consensus one year price target of $189.330 on the stock according to First Call. This number can often vary from the Zacks or FactSet mean targets. The sell-side analysts are projecting earnings per share of $2.550 for the next fiscal quarter. For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $9.790 per share according to First Call.

Stock Technicals in Focus

In looking at where the stock is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +2.975% away from its 50 day moving average of $171.677. Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -1.177% off of its 52-week high of $178.890 and +33.534% away from its 52-week low which is $132.390. In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 22.630. This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock. The price to current year EPS estimates from research analysts currently stands at 18.058. In looking further ahead, potential investors should note that the company’s price to next year’s EPS estimates is 16.445.

Today, the stock opened at $177.540 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $176.785. During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $176.760 and touched $178.080 as the high point. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated has a market cap of 170.36B and has seen an average daily volume of 3325510 over the past three months.

According to data provided by Zacks Research, Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) has a consensus target price of $N/A on the stock. Out of the polled analysts providing targets, the high is currently $N/A, while the low is resting at $N/A. Analyst price targets may vary depending on the individual method used to calculate the estimate.
Turning to earnings, analysts are expecting Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) to post a current quarter EPS of $N/A. This consensus number is compiled by Zacks Research. For the period ending on N/A, the company reported EPS for the quarter of $N/A. The resulting surprise factor from the difference between the reported number and the consensus estimate going into earnings was N/A%. After a company reports earnings, the stock may see increased activity. The next earnings report date is scheduled on or near N/A.
In terms of analyst ratings, Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) has a current ABR of N/A. This average broker recommendation is given by Zacks using a scale from 1 to 5. According to this scale, a rating of 1 or 2 would indicate a Buy, and a rating of 4 or 5 would signify a Sell recommendation. A 3 would indicate a Hold on the stock.

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