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Spectacular performers on a year-to-date basis: Alkermes (NASDAQ:ALKS), Centene (NYSE:CNC), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

Year-to-date (YTD) describes the period beginning January 1 of the current year and ending with the current date. YTD figures are used to evaluate the returns an investment has generated during the current year. The YTD performance takes into account the exact time period for any stock — assuming it’s measured on the same day. For example, if you’re measuring the returns on two different stocks in your portfolio, the raw returns can be drastically changed depending on how long you’ve owned each stock. It also measures the return as a percentage, so that you can compare returns of different sized investments. For example a $100 return on a $1,000 investment is pretty good, but if you invested $100,000 and only earned $100, you’d be wishing you’d made more.

Alkermes Plc (NASDAQ:ALKS) has YTD performance of +21.99%. The company has the market capitalization of $10.67 billion while its P/B ratio was 7.60. Institutional investors own 95.80% stake in the company while beta factor, which is used to measure riskiness of the security, was 1.30. Net profit margin of this company was -13.30% while its operating profit margin was -19.80%.

Centene Corp (NYSE:CNC) has booked the year to date performance of +21.95% while its market capitalization stands at $7.54 billion. The institutional ownership of the company was 94.50% while its debt to equity ratio was 0.59. Return on equity was 19.00% while return on assets was booked as 5.40%. Shares of the company were below SMA 20 with -0.26% and below SMA 50 with -7.08%.

Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) has market capitalization of $91.96 billion. Its current ratio was 1.50 while its shares were below its 50 days simple moving average with -1.17%. The company offered earning per share of $1.93 while its 1.11 billion shares were outstanding. YTD performance of the company was +22.68%. Stock volatility for the week was 2.28% while for the month it was shown at 2.63%.

UnitedHealth Group Inc (NYSE:UNH) has the market capitalization of $114.46 billion. The company EPS was $6.22 while its 953.56 million shares were outstanding. Its institutional ownership was 89.50%. Shares of the company were moving above its 20 days simple moving average with +3.35% while its YTD performance was +20.16%. The company earned $6.11 billion in previous 12 months.