Natixis Advisors L.P. Boosts Stake in Anthem Inc (ANTM)

Natixis Advisors L.P. lifted its position in Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 1.4% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 113,576 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,570 shares during the quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P.’s holdings in Anthem were worth $24,953,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of ANTM. Viking Global Investors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Anthem by 190.5% in the 4th quarter. Viking Global Investors LP now owns 2,537,576 shares of the company’s stock worth $570,980,000 after purchasing an additional 1,664,112 shares in the last quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH boosted its holdings in shares of Anthem by 66.0% in the 4th quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 1,603,619 shares of the company’s stock worth $360,830,000 after purchasing an additional 637,439 shares in the last quarter. Farallon Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Anthem by 291.9% during the 4th quarter. Farallon Capital Management LLC now owns 823,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $185,183,000 after acquiring an additional 613,000 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in Anthem by 2.7% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 22,596,529 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,964,457,000 after acquiring an additional 596,099 shares during the period. Finally, Vulcan Value Partners LLC boosted its holdings in Anthem by 52.1% during the 4th quarter. Vulcan Value Partners LLC now owns 1,327,283 shares of the company’s stock valued at $298,652,000 after acquiring an additional 454,892 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 87.71% of the company’s stock.

In other news, SVP Ronald W. Penczek sold 1,966 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $231.90, for a total value of $455,915.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 2,132 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $494,410.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert L. Dixon, Jr. sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $231.10, for a total value of $231,100.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 135,264 shares of company stock valued at $30,794,160 in the last ninety days. 0.31% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group increased their target price on Anthem from $280.00 to $284.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Anthem from $266.00 to $269.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $332.00 target price on Anthem and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Anthem from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $275.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, April 25th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $249.00.

Anthem opened at $232.06 on Thursday, according to MarketBeat. The company has a market cap of $59.70 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 1.49 and a quick ratio of 1.49. Anthem Inc has a one year low of $177.21 and a one year high of $267.95.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The company reported $5.41 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.83 by $0.58. The business had revenue of $22.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.55 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 12.77% and a net margin of 4.60%. Anthem’s quarterly revenue was up .1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $4.68 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Anthem Inc will post 15.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 8th will be given a dividend of $0.75 per share. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 7th. Anthem’s payout ratio is 24.92%.

Anthem 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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