Headlines about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.0743435810067 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Anthem (NYSE ANTM) traded up 0.05% during trading on Friday, reaching $189.88. 1,259,258 shares of the company traded hands. Anthem has a 12-month low of $114.85 and a 12-month high of $198.98. The stock has a market capitalization of $49.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.96 and a beta of 0.70. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $191.59 and its 200-day moving average is $182.25.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $3.37 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.23 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $22.20 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.25 billion. Anthem had a net margin of 3.24% and a return on equity of 12.93%. The business’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $3.33 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Anthem will post $11.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th were issued a $0.70 dividend. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.47%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 7th. This is a boost from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.65. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio is 26.52%.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on ANTM. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $215.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. BidaskClub cut Anthem from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $204.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a research note on Sunday, August 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $212.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $160.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $184.67.

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In other news, Director Julie A. Hill sold 524 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $190.80, for a total value of $99,979.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 36,924 shares in the company, valued at $7,045,099.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $197.00, for a total transaction of $4,161,625.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 87,668 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,270,596. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 30,776 shares of company stock worth $6,007,143. Corporate insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.

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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