WINTON GROUP Ltd reduced its stake in shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 0.4% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 79,999 shares of the company’s stock after selling 292 shares during the quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in Anthem were worth $21,010,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
A number of other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of ANTM. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund increased its position in Anthem by 24,845.3% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 27,122,063 shares of the company’s stock valued at $103,000 after purchasing an additional 27,013,337 shares during the period. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT increased its position in Anthem by 129.1% during the 3rd quarter. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT now owns 1,569,169 shares of the company’s stock valued at $430,031,000 after purchasing an additional 884,335 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc increased its position in Anthem by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 18,729,474 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,132,811,000 after purchasing an additional 532,579 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Anthem by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 18,729,474 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,132,811,000 after purchasing an additional 532,579 shares during the period. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased its position in Anthem by 65.9% during the 3rd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 676,812 shares of the company’s stock valued at $185,481,000 after purchasing an additional 268,900 shares during the period. 97.06% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
ANTM has been the topic of a number of research reports. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of Anthem to $315.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Anthem from $368.00 to $372.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Evercore ISI upgraded shares of Anthem from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $255.02 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 3rd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada boosted their target price on shares of Anthem to $318.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $329.93.
Anthem stock traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $306.50. The stock had a trading volume of 233,146 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,764,921. The stock has a market cap of $78.69 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.29, a PEG ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 0.95. Anthem Inc has a one year low of $215.52 and a one year high of $311.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 1.56 and a quick ratio of 1.54.
Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The company reported $2.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.20 by $0.24. The company had revenue of $23.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.27 billion. Anthem had a net margin of 4.07% and a return on equity of 14.82%. Anthem’s revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.29 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Anthem Inc will post 19.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Investors of record on Monday, March 18th will be paid a $0.80 dividend. This is a boost from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.75. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 15th. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.04%. Anthem’s payout ratio is presently 18.88%.
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Anthem Company Profile
Anthem, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial & Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small group, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets.
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