Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) Chairman Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of Anthem stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $231.43, for a total transaction of $4,888,958.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 87,668 shares in the company, valued at $20,289,005.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Joseph Swedish also recently made the following trade(s):

  • On Wednesday, November 1st, Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of Anthem stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $209.85, for a total transaction of $4,433,081.25.
  • On Monday, October 2nd, Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of Anthem stock. The shares were sold at an average price of $190.63, for a total transaction of $4,027,058.75.

Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) traded down $6.69 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $224.95. 1,856,500 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,605,150. The company has a market capitalization of $59,655.73, a PE ratio of 18.65, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 0.79. Anthem, Inc. has a 12-month low of $140.50 and a 12-month high of $236.39. The company has a current ratio of 1.51, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.40 by $0.25. The firm had revenue of $22.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.10 billion. Anthem had a net margin of 3.35% and a return on equity of 12.97%. The company’s revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.45 earnings per share. analysts expect that Anthem, Inc. will post 11.97 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, December 4th. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.24%. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.32%.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. First Interstate Bank grew its position in Anthem by 1,910.7% in the 3rd quarter. First Interstate Bank now owns 563 shares of the company’s stock worth $107,000 after purchasing an additional 535 shares in the last quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors bought a new stake in Anthem in the 2nd quarter worth about $128,000. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. grew its position in Anthem by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. now owns 710 shares of the company’s stock worth $134,000 after purchasing an additional 10 shares in the last quarter. Harding Loevner LP bought a new stake in Anthem in the 2nd quarter worth about $151,000. Finally, Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC bought a new stake in Anthem in the 3rd quarter worth about $154,000. Institutional investors own 87.26% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Bank of America lifted their price objective on shares of Anthem from $249.00 to $254.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Leerink Swann reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Anthem in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $234.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $226.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Anthem from $201.00 to $215.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $201.07.

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About Anthem

Anthem, Inc is a health benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business and Other. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products.

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