UnitedHealth tops Street 1Q forecasts

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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 7:08 AM

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $2.17 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company said it had net income of $2.23. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $2.37 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.18 per share.

The largest U.S. health insurer posted revenue of $48.72 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $48.37 billion.

UnitedHealth expects full-year earnings in the range of $9.65 to $9.85 per share, with revenue expected to be $200 billion.

UnitedHealth shares have increased 4.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen roughly 5 percent. The stock has risen 31 percent in the last 12 months.

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