Rampart Investment Management Company LLC grew its holdings in shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 15.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 10,472 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,385 shares during the period. Rampart Investment Management Company LLC’s holdings in Anthem were worth $2,493,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in ANTM. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake 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 last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. raised its stake in Anthem by 3.3% during the 2nd quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 2,412,481 shares of the company’s stock valued at $574,244,000 after acquiring an additional 77,194 shares during the last quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH raised its stake in Anthem by 31.5% during the 1st quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 2,108,871 shares of the company’s stock valued at $463,319,000 after acquiring an additional 505,252 shares during the last quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership raised its stake in Anthem by 40.2% during the 2nd quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 1,788,388 shares of the company’s stock valued at $425,690,000 after acquiring an additional 512,962 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in Anthem by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,159,985 shares of the company’s stock valued at $276,112,000 after acquiring an additional 12,805 shares during the last quarter. 86.71% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several analysts have commented on ANTM shares. Credit Suisse Group upped their price objective on Anthem from $284.00 to $311.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday. ValuEngine upgraded Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 26th. Morgan Stanley upgraded Anthem from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $273.00 to $368.00 in a research report on Wednesday. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upgraded Anthem from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $275.00 to $290.00 in a research report on Monday, July 9th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $278.38.

NYSE ANTM opened at $270.89 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a current ratio of 1.52. Anthem Inc has a 12-month low of $179.40 and a 12-month high of $272.36. The company has a market cap of $69.63 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 0.90.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 25th. The company reported $4.25 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.16 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $22.71 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $22.66 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 13.28% and a net margin of 4.79%. The company’s revenue was up 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $3.37 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Anthem Inc will post 15.48 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 25th. Investors of record on Monday, September 10th will be issued a $0.75 dividend. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 7th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio is currently 24.92%.

In related news, EVP Craig E. Samitt sold 19,541 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $246.68, for a total value of $4,820,373.88. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 20,857 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,145,004.76. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CAO Ronald W. Penczek sold 763 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $265.56, for a total value of $202,622.28. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 1,334 shares in the company, valued at approximately $354,257.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 24,052 shares of company stock worth $6,019,935. Insiders own 0.31% of the company’s stock.

About Anthem

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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