Aperio Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) by 8.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 267,753 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 21,037 shares during the quarter. Aperio Group LLC owned about 0.10% of Anthem worth $50,841,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of ANTM. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in Anthem by 2,873.5% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 22,676,945 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,750,316,000 after acquiring an additional 21,914,321 shares during the period. OZ Management LP bought a new position in Anthem in the 1st quarter valued at about $192,493,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in Anthem by 2,835.4% in the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,161,736 shares of the company’s stock valued at $218,554,000 after buying an additional 1,122,159 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its holdings in Anthem by 177.3% in the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,269,249 shares of the company’s stock valued at $238,783,000 after buying an additional 811,537 shares during the period. Finally, Tesco Pension Investment Ltd bought a new position in Anthem in the 2nd quarter valued at about $139,985,000. Institutional investors own 89.99% of the company’s stock.
In related news, insider Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $190.63, for a total value of $4,027,058.75. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Julie A. Hill sold 1,602 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $215.70, for a total transaction of $345,551.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 35,322 shares in the company, valued at $7,618,955.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 65,955 shares of company stock worth $13,179,953. Insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.
Anthem, Inc. (NYSE ANTM) opened at $218.27 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. The firm has a market cap of $55,455.13, a PE ratio of 17.33, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.77. Anthem, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $131.38 and a fifty-two week high of $220.75.
Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.25. The company had revenue of $22.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $22.10 billion. Anthem had a net margin of 3.35% and a return on equity of 12.97%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.45 EPS. analysts predict that Anthem, Inc. will post 11.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 5th will be issued a dividend of $0.70 per share. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, December 4th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.32%.
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Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Anthem from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 30th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on shares of Anthem from $201.00 to $215.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group LLC boosted their price target on shares of Anthem from $204.00 to $211.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $215.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. Anthem presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $197.69.
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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