Artisan Partners Limited Partnership boosted its stake in shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) by 5.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,580,369 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 84,695 shares during the quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership owned approximately 0.60% of Anthem worth $297,315,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in ANTM. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Anthem by 2,873.5% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 22,676,945 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,750,316,000 after buying an additional 21,914,321 shares during the period. Wellington Management Group LLP lifted its holdings in Anthem by 53.5% during the 1st quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 4,443,160 shares of the company’s stock worth $734,810,000 after buying an additional 1,548,077 shares during the period. OZ Management LP acquired a new position in Anthem during the 1st quarter worth about $192,493,000. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in Anthem by 8.2% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 12,335,115 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,039,982,000 after buying an additional 934,509 shares during the period. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its holdings in Anthem by 177.3% during the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,269,249 shares of the company’s stock worth $238,783,000 after buying an additional 811,537 shares during the period. 87.69% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other Anthem news, Director Julie A. Hill sold 524 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $190.80, for a total value of $99,979.20. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 36,924 shares in the company, valued at $7,045,099.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Thomas C. Zielinski sold 9,127 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $191.25, for a total transaction of $1,745,538.75. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 26,571 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,081,703.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 30,776 shares of company stock valued at $6,007,143 over the last 90 days. 0.36% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

ANTM has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $219.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, August 24th. BidaskClub downgraded Anthem from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Bank of America Corporation lifted their target price on Anthem from $224.00 to $228.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 14th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $205.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $215.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a report on Thursday. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. Anthem has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $183.44.

Shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) traded down 0.09% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $186.59. The company had a trading volume of 2,608,735 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $191.81 and a 200-day moving average of $181.77. Anthem, Inc. has a 12-month low of $114.85 and a 12-month high of $198.98. The company has a market capitalization of $49.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.64 and a beta of 0.70.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $3.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.23 by $0.14. Anthem had a net margin of 3.24% and a return on equity of 12.93%. The business had revenue of $22.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.25 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $3.33 earnings per share. Anthem’s quarterly revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Anthem, Inc. will post $11.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.70 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. This is a positive change from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.65. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.50%. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.52%.

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Anthem Company Profile

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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