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Is UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Stock a Buy For 2021?

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Alex Smith
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Baron Health Care Fund recently published its fourth-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Baron Health Care Fund returned 17.1% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 12.15%, while the Russell 3000 Health Care Index was up 10.08%. You should check out Baron’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Health Care Fund highlighted a few stocks and UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) is one of them. UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) is a health and well-being company. In the last three months, UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) stock lost 2.6% and on February 17th it had a closing price of $326.86. Here is what Baron Health Care Fund said:

"UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is the largest insurer in the U.S. and a leading provider of health care, IT/analytics, and pharmacy benefit services. Shares rose on continued strong financial results. In-line and likely conservative 2021 guidance that incorporates a return to more normalized, pre-pandemic utilization levels was well received by investors as was the company’s reiteration of its long-term targets of 6%-9% top-line and 13%-16% EPS growth. We view UnitedHealth as a core holding that allows us to participate in the strong secular growth of the health care industry."

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Earlier this month, we published an article revealing that UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) was one of the top 5 healthcare stocks to buy now.

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) stock decreased by about 7% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't believe in UnitedHealth's growth potential. Our calculations showed that UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) is ranked #26 among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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