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UnitedHealth Is Just What the Doctor Ordered for Defensive Investors

Stocks in this article: UNH

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Benjamin Graham taught that intelligent investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. By using our ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.

Here is our specific look at how UnitedHealth Group (UNH - Get Report) fares in our valuation model.

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In our view, there are two types of investors: defensive (more conservative, less able to conduct research) and enterprising (more willing to take risk and conduct research). Any stock suitable for a defensive investor is also appropriate for an enterprising investor. Let's look at how the stock fares for each type of investor.

Defensive Investor -- must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 6/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise -- market capitalization of at least $2 billion -- PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition -- current ratio greater than 2 -- FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability -- positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years -- PASS
  4. Dividend Record -- has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years -- PASS
  5. Earnings Growth -- earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period -- PASS
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio -- PEmg is less than 20 -- PASS
  7. Moderate Price to Assets -- PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 -- PASS

Enterprising Investor -- must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 3/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 -- current ratio greater than 1.5 -- FAIL
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 -- Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 -- FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability -- positive earnings per share for at least 5 years -- PASS
  4. Dividend Record -- currently pays a dividend -- PASS
  5. Earnings growth -- EPSmg greater than 5 years ago -- PASS

Next let's consider the stock's valuation.

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