Capital Investment Advisors LLC lessened its stake in shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 7.8% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 718 shares of the company’s stock after selling 61 shares during the quarter. Capital Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Anthem were worth $206,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund lifted its stake in shares of Anthem by 24,845.3% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 27,122,063 shares of the company’s stock worth $103,000 after purchasing an additional 27,013,337 shares during the period. Norges Bank purchased a new position in shares of Anthem during the 4th quarter worth $667,351,000. CI Investments Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Anthem by 373.8% during the 4th quarter. CI Investments Inc. now owns 1,241,273 shares of the company’s stock worth $325,995,000 after purchasing an additional 979,273 shares during the period. Investec Asset Management LTD purchased a new position in shares of Anthem during the 4th quarter worth $219,306,000. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc lifted its stake in shares of Anthem by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 18,729,474 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,132,811,000 after purchasing an additional 532,579 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.09% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE ANTM opened at $262.88 on Tuesday. Anthem Inc has a 12-month low of $219.96 and a 12-month high of $317.99. The firm has a market capitalization of $65.05 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.54, a P/E/G ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 1.56 and a quick ratio of 1.56.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The company reported $2.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.20 by $0.24. Anthem had a return on equity of 14.82% and a net margin of 4.07%. The firm had revenue of $23.30 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.27 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.29 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Anthem Inc will post 19.15 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 29th. Investors of record on Monday, March 18th were issued a $0.80 dividend. This is an increase from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.75. This represents a $3.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 15th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio is currently 20.14%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Anthem from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 7th. ValuEngine raised Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 30th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $346.00 price target (up previously from $318.00) on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on Anthem to $340.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $344.00 price target (up previously from $330.00) on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $332.07.

In other news, EVP Gloria M. Mccarthy sold 7,700 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $265.00, for a total transaction of $2,040,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 46,456 shares in the company, valued at $12,310,840. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Julie A. Hill sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $299.75, for a total value of $149,875.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 23,601 shares of company stock valued at $6,862,346. 0.17% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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