Shareholders of UnitedHealth (UNH) reaped the rewards this year from the managed care company's strong profits and upbeat guidance.
UnitedHealth raised its full-year guidance in late April to $3.95 to $4.05 a share, well ahead of analysts' forecasts. The company also increased its quarterly dividend last month to 16.25 cents a share, from 12.5 cents a share.
UnitedHealth's performance is also tied to what has been broad investor interest in healthcare stocks this year as a defensive play against what has been a recently downward-trending market.
The market has had its struggles in the first half of the year, but these 10 stocks are really making a stink. From RadioShack to AIG, here are the biggest losers so far in 2011. More
|People are now bending iPhones in Apple Stores|
|Microsoft introduces Windows 10|
|ISIS recruiting tactics: Apple pie and video games|
|U.S. has already spent nearly $1 billion fighting ISIS|
|California first U.S. state to ban plastic bags|