Media coverage about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 45.8040659923263 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- Zacks: Brokerages Expect Anthem, Inc. (ANTM) Will Announce Earnings of $2.41 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Anthem, Inc. (ANTM) Coverage Initiated at BMO Capital Markets (americanbankingnews.com)
- Health Care Stocks Stumble on Trump’s Executive Order (yahoo.com)
- Analyzing WellCare Health Plans (WCG) & Anthem (ANTM) (americanbankingnews.com)
- The NFL Will Never Give Up The National Anthem — Here’s Why (huffingtonpost.com)
Several research firms have weighed in on ANTM. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Anthem from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on shares of Anthem from $196.00 to $201.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $202.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Bank of America Corp increased their target price on shares of Anthem from $224.00 to $228.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 14th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $187.89.
Anthem (ANTM) opened at 183.76 on Tuesday. Anthem has a 52-week low of $114.85 and a 52-week high of $198.98. The company has a 50-day moving average of $189.79 and a 200-day moving average of $185.14. The company has a market cap of $48.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.40 and a beta of 0.71.
Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $3.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.23 by $0.14. The firm had revenue of $22.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.25 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 12.93% and a net margin of 3.24%. Anthem’s quarterly revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $3.33 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Anthem will post $11.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 25th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 8th were given a $0.70 dividend. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 7th. This is a positive change from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.65. Anthem’s payout ratio is currently 26.52%.
In other Anthem news, insider Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $190.63, for a total value of $4,027,058.75. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Julie A. Hill sold 524 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $190.80, for a total value of $99,979.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 36,924 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,045,099.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 51,901 shares of company stock valued at $10,034,202. 0.36% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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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