Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, managed-care provider UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at UnitedHealth's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

UnitedHealth facts



Minnetonka, Minn. (1974)

Market Cap

$37.61 billion


Health Care Plans

TTM Revenue

$77.96 billion


CEO Stephen Hemsley (since 2006);

CFO George Mikan (since 2006)

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


CAPS members bullish on UNH also bullish on


Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ),

Altria (NYSE:MO)

CAPS members bearish on UNH also bearish on

Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM),

Citigroup (NYSE:C),

Lehman Brothers (NYSE:LEH)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing-12-months.

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 710 All-Star members who have rated UnitedHealth believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include Kinzo and hptrader, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In May, Kinzo shared this about UnitedHealth:

Huge competitive moat through it's large customer base will give this MCO (Managed care Organization) a distinct advantage over it's competitors and inhibit new entrants. Oh and it's undervalued right now too. The fear is nationalized health care, but I honestly do not see that happening overnight if at all.

A pitch from hptrader just last week shared that healthy optimism, highlighting the stock as a particularly timely opportunity:

While the whole health care sector was mired in a down-trend since the start of the year, July seems to have been a turning point and United Health looks to have formed a bottom and is gaining momentum to the upside. This company is cheap by any measure, and both the technicals and fundamentals are lining up which could provide a great opportunity over the next few months.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.