Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus 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.

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

Headquarters (founded)

Minnetonka, Minn. (1974)

Market Cap

$48.61 billion


Managed health care

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$94.16 billion


CEO Stephen Hemsley
CFO David Wichmann

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$11.2 billion / $11.25 billion

Dividend Yield



Aetna (NYSE: AET)
Humana (NYSE: HUM)
WellPoint (NYSE: WLP)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,502 members who have rated UnitedHealth believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include davidfg60 and awu3210.

Just last month, davidfg60 summed up the UnitedHealth bull case for our community: "Favorable population demographics and well-managed company."

Over the next five years, UnitedHealth is expected to grow its bottom line at a rate of 10.8%. That's slightly faster than managed care rivals such as Aetna (10%), Humana (8.6%), and WellPoint (8.9%).

CAPS member awu3210 expands on the outperform argument:

Clean balance sheet. Strong management. Consistent earnings. Stock buyback. Smart capital deployment. Headwinds: Obamacare: (increased medical loss ratio requirements means less $$$). Tailwinds: Obamacare: govt mandated healthcare for all means more potential customers equates to more $$$. But the low p/e relative to the company history is just too damn tempting. Hopefully, margins won't suffer going forward.

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