UnitedHealth Group Reaffirms FY2012 Outlook; FY2013 Guidance is Below Analysts View (UNH)

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Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. ( UNH ) will hold a conference with analysts and institutional investors on Tuesday where the company will reaffirm 2012 earnings outlook and discuss 2013 financial guidance.

The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company is expected to reaffirm its previous outlook for 2012 net earnings of $5.20 to $5.25 per share.

UNH will also discuss its 2013 financial guidance, where management is expected to forecast revenues of $123 billion to $124 billion with net earnings of $5.25 to $5.50 per share. This EPS guidance is below analyst estimates of the company earning $5.58 per share, according to The Street.

UnitedHealth shares were down 41 cents, or -0.76%, in premarket trading on Monday.

The Bottom Line
Shares of UnitedHealth ( UNH ) have a 1.58% dividend yield, based on Friday's closing stock price of $53.92. The stock has technical support in the $49-$50 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $56-$58 price levels.

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

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