Huntington National Bank trimmed its holdings in shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 1.7% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 14,375 shares of the company’s stock after selling 248 shares during the period. Huntington National Bank’s holdings in Anthem were worth $3,234,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of ANTM. First Interstate Bank grew its holdings in Anthem by 1,910.7% during the 3rd quarter. First Interstate Bank now owns 563 shares of the company’s stock worth $107,000 after acquiring an additional 535 shares in the last quarter. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC bought a new position in Anthem during the 3rd quarter worth about $154,000. Krilogy Financial LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anthem in the 2nd quarter valued at about $160,000. Bartlett & Co. LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Anthem by 50.5% in the 4th quarter. Bartlett & Co. LLC now owns 787 shares of the company’s stock valued at $177,000 after buying an additional 264 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anthem in the 3rd quarter valued at about $184,000. Institutional investors own 87.41% of the company’s stock.

In related news, EVP Gloria M. Mccarthy sold 14,429 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $229.68, for a total value of $3,314,052.72. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 30,667 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,043,596.56. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Chairman Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $231.43, for a total transaction of $4,888,958.75. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 87,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,289,005.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 167,457 shares of company stock valued at $39,862,398 over the last ninety days. 0.36% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Anthem Inc (ANTM) opened at $238.44 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $60,295.07, a P/E ratio of 16.60, a P/E/G ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.55 and a quick ratio of 1.51. Anthem Inc has a 1 year low of $156.81 and a 1 year high of $267.95.

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

Anthem declared that its board has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, December 7th that allows the company to buyback $5.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be given a $0.75 dividend. This is a positive change from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.70. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.26%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.50%.

ANTM has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Anthem from $204.00 to $211.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Anthem in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Anthem in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $234.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $215.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $230.80.

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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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