News stories about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3563920341673 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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Several analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Anthem from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $275.00 price objective on shares of Anthem in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Wells Fargo increased their price objective on Anthem from $260.00 to $275.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on Anthem from $247.00 to $266.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Barclays assumed coverage on Anthem in a research note on Thursday, March 8th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $270.00 price objective for the company. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $236.13.

Shares of ANTM stock traded up $1.13 during trading on Monday, hitting $227.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,071,049 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,567,762. The firm has a market cap of $57,811.05, a PE ratio of 18.87, a P/E/G ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a quick ratio of 1.55, a current ratio of 1.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66. Anthem has a 52 week low of $168.17 and a 52 week high of $267.95.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.04. Anthem had a return on equity of 12.29% and a net margin of 4.27%. The company had revenue of $22.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.17 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.76 earnings per share. Anthem’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Anthem will post 15.09 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Anthem news, EVP Thomas C. Zielinski sold 20,455 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $229.23, for a total transaction of $4,688,899.65. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO John E. Gallina sold 24,576 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $229.81, for a total value of $5,647,810.56. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 22,139 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,087,763.59. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 139,246 shares of company stock valued at $32,966,554. 0.31% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Anthem Company Profile

Anthem, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial & Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small group, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets.

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