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UnitedHealth Group Inc. sold $9 billion worth of bonds, the biggest U.S. bond offering in months, signaling that there is still appetite for jumbo issuances from companies with top-tier ratings.

The healthcare giant issued the debt in seven parts, according to people familiar with the matter. The longest-dated portion, a 40-year security, yields 185 basis points (bps) above Treasuries, after initial price talk in the 210 bps range, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the details are private.

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