News headlines about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.5276019610793 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
Anthem (ANTM) traded up $3.01 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $235.02. The stock had a trading volume of 1,090,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,800,000. The stock has a market cap of $60,340.00, a P/E ratio of 16.37, a P/E/G ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.83. Anthem has a 52-week low of $158.66 and a 52-week high of $267.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.55, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66.
Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $22.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $22.17 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 12.29% and a net margin of 4.27%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.76 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Anthem will post 15.09 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a $0.75 dividend. This is an increase from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.70. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 19.50%.
Anthem declared that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, December 7th that permits the company to repurchase $5.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
Several analysts have commented on ANTM shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $220.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. BidaskClub upgraded Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Anthem from $201.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $226.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Anthem in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $234.00 target price on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $230.80.
In related news, EVP Gloria M. Mccarthy sold 14,429 shares of Anthem stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $229.68, for a total transaction of $3,314,052.72. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 30,667 shares in the company, valued at $7,043,596.56. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Joseph Swedish sold 64,403 shares of Anthem stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $244.37, for a total value of $15,738,161.11. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 84,346 shares in the company, valued at $20,611,632.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 167,457 shares of company stock worth $39,862,398. Company insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.
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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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