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Zacks Investment Research Upgrades Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) to "Buy"

Zacks Investment Research Upgrades Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) to

Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 1,872 shares of the company's stock, valued at $350,925.12.

Health insurer Anthem Inc promised investors 2018 earnings above Wall Street estimates on Wednesday and said plans are on track to save at least $4 billion a year on drug costs by building its own pharmacy benefit management company. The stock decreased 0.45% or $1.17 during the last trading session, reaching $257.02.

The most recent non open market insider trade was completed by NERI ANTONIO F on 01/02/2018, and was a acquisition of 341 shares with a final price of $0.

On 1/31/2018 Anthem ( NYSE:ANTM ) announced that it will be issuing a quarterly dividend in the amount of $0.75 down from $0.75 making the yield 0.00308084127505751%. It has outperformed by 15.16% the S&P500. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund bought 53,497 shares as the company's stock rose 10.08% with the market. The hedge fund held 162,976 shares of the electrical products company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.61 million, up from 117,638 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 4,215,569 shares of the company's stock valued at $800,452,000 after buying an additional 339,111 shares during the period. The stock increased 1.07% or $0.6 during the last trading session, reaching $56.91. Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) has risen 43.73% since January 29, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 49.22% the S&P500.

In an overview of the current analyst recommendations, Buy count is 1 and Overweight is 0 while the number of analysts recommending Sell and Underweight are 0 and 0, respectively. The firm has "Market Perform" rating by Cowen & Co given on Thursday, November 10. The stock has "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, September 1. Insiders own 0.36% of the company's stock. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a "buy" rating and set a $215.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. The company was initiated on Friday, April 8 by Cleveland. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan to "Overweight" on Monday, September 12.

Anthem, Inc. has a one year low of $114.85 and a one year high of $194.94. It also reduced its holding in American Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) by some 11,426,531 shares, 408 decreased positions by 17,267,311 and 156 held positions by 197,748,441.




Menta Capital Llc, which manages about $2.11B and $682.29M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Kennedy (NYSE:KW) by 42,109 shares to 60,407 shares, valued at $1.12 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in International Business Machs (NYSE:IBM) by 65,799 shares in the quarter, for a total of 234,220 shares, and has risen its stake in Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX). Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Anthem from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Therefore 58% are positive.

Anthem, Inc. has been given an analysts' mean target of 260.68. The stock has "Buy" rating by Cantor Fitzgerald on Wednesday, October 25.

Looking at some ROIC (Return on Invested Capital) numbers, Anthem, Inc.

Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Wednesday, November 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. As per Tuesday, May 30, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $275.00 price objective on shares of Anthem in a research report on Friday, January 19th. The insider now holds 341 shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) is 28. Evercore has "Hold" rating and $133 target. Leerink Swann maintained the shares of ANTM in report on Monday, April 4 with "Outperform" rating.

Anthem announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, December 7th that allows the company to buyback $5.00 billion in shares. (NYSE:ANTM) is performing 14.23%.

Examining Institutional Ownership at Anthem, Inc. The company reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.01. The last close places the company's stock about $1.51 off its 52 week high of $258.53 and $105.25 above the 52 week low of $151.77. ANTM's profit will be $320.95M for 48.74 P/E if the $1.25 EPS becomes a reality. The company's revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Anthem Inc will post 11.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.


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