UnitedHealth (UNH) “Buy” Rating Reconfirmed at Jefferies; The TP is $280.0; Shorts at Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) Raised By 31.12%

January 13, 2018 - By Jerrie Dane

Sotherly Hotels Incorporated (NASDAQ:SOHO) had an increase of 31.12% in short interest. SOHO’s SI was 75,000 shares in January as released by FINRA. Its up 31.12% from 57,200 shares previously. With 41,900 avg volume, 2 days are for Sotherly Hotels Incorporated (NASDAQ:SOHO)’s short sellers to cover SOHO’s short positions. The SI to Sotherly Hotels Incorporated’s float is 0.66%. The stock decreased 1.11% or $0.07 during the last trading session, reaching $6.24. About 25,291 shares traded. Sotherly Hotels Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHO) has risen 28.49% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.79% the S&P500.

Among 26 analysts covering UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), 26 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. UnitedHealth Group has $269 highest and $124 lowest target. $209.59’s average target is -8.33% below currents $228.64 stock price. UnitedHealth Group had 75 analyst reports since September 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, October 2, the company rating was initiated by Citigroup. Jefferies maintained UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) on Tuesday, November 28 with “Buy” rating. The rating was initiated by JP Morgan with “Overweight” on Wednesday, September 16. The firm has “Buy” rating by Mizuho given on Friday, November 20. Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) on Wednesday, December 7 to “Buy” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, July 6 by Cantor Fitzgerald. The rating was maintained by Cowen & Co on Friday, August 11 with “Buy”. The company was maintained on Monday, December 25 by Cantor Fitzgerald. On Wednesday, July 19 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy”. The firm has “Overweight” rating by Morgan Stanley given on Wednesday, October 18.

Analysts await UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) to report earnings on January, 16. They expect $2.50 earnings per share, up 18.48% or $0.39 from last year’s $2.11 per share. UNH’s profit will be $2.42 billion for 22.86 P/E if the $2.50 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.66 actual earnings per share reported by UnitedHealth Group Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -6.02% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.91 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.11, from 1.02 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 46 investors sold UnitedHealth Group Incorporated shares while 524 reduced holdings. 112 funds opened positions while 408 raised stakes. 810.94 million shares or 0.66% less from 816.36 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Prudential Public Ltd holds 2.56 million shares or 1.58% of its portfolio. Clear Harbor Asset Management Ltd Com invested in 3,265 shares. Telemus Ltd has 33,221 shares for 1.02% of their portfolio. Dynamic Cap Ltd invested in 0.07% or 1,194 shares. King Wealth Mgmt Gru Inc Ltd Llc invested in 12,851 shares or 0.94% of the stock. Farmers National Bank & Trust holds 0.14% or 1,155 shares in its portfolio. Cap Mngmt Va owns 1,138 shares. M&T Natl Bank invested 0.21% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Ray Gerald L & Assoc Limited accumulated 56,095 shares. Daniel Devine Company has 1.36% invested in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Waldron Limited Partnership invested 0.17% of its portfolio in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH). Moreover, Solaris Asset Management Lc has 0% invested in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) for 32 shares. Leuthold Group Limited Liability holds 1.05% or 53,095 shares. Fil invested in 0.2% or 350,778 shares. Axa reported 978,502 shares.

Since August 3, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 sales for $20.19 million activity. BURKE RICHARD T sold $2.88 million worth of stock or 15,000 shares. BALLARD WILLIAM C JR had sold 5,000 shares worth $969,915 on Thursday, August 3. RENFRO LARRY C sold $5.01 million worth of stock or 22,598 shares. 975 shares valued at $200,333 were sold by ROOS THOMAS E on Thursday, October 19. Another trade for 5,600 shares valued at $1.12M was made by WILENSKY GAIL R on Tuesday, September 5.

The stock increased 1.44% or $3.25 during the last trading session, reaching $228.64. About 3.94M shares traded or 33.23% up from the average. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) has risen 32.76% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.06% the S&P500.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated operates as a diversified health and well-being firm in the United States. The company has market cap of $221.57 billion. The companyÂ’s UnitedHealthcare segment offers consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services for national employers, public sector employers, mid-sized employers, small businesses, individuals, and military service members; and health care coverage, and health and well-being services to individuals aged 50 and older addressing their needs for preventive and acute health care services. It has a 25.96 P/E ratio. It also provides services dealing with chronic disease and other specialized issues for older individuals; Medicaid plans, ChildrenÂ’s Health Insurance Program, and health care programs; and health services, including commercial health and dental benefits.

Among 5 analysts covering Sotherly Hotels Inc (NASDAQ:SOHO), 0 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 0 are positive. Sotherly Hotels Inc had 6 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Ladenburg Thalmann downgraded the stock to “Sell” rating in Tuesday, January 19 report. The rating was initiated by Sandler O’Neill with “Hold” on Wednesday, September 28. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Janney Capital on Wednesday, December 2. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to “Mkt Perform” rating in Monday, December 5 report. The stock of Sotherly Hotels Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHO) earned “Hold” rating by Zacks on Tuesday, September 22.

Sotherly Hotels Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The company has market cap of $97.35 million. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It currently has negative earnings. It primarily own, acquire, renovate and reposition full-service, primarily upper upscale and upscale hotel properties.