Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt raised its holdings in shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 1.1% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 17,828 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the quarter. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt’s holdings in Anthem were worth $5,116,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in ANTM. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its stake in Anthem by 24,845.3% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 27,122,063 shares of the company’s stock valued at $103,000 after purchasing an additional 27,013,337 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc grew its stake in Anthem by 2.9% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 18,729,474 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,132,811,000 after purchasing an additional 532,579 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Anthem by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 3,387,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $888,145,000 after purchasing an additional 273,738 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in Anthem by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 3,064,663 shares of the company’s stock valued at $804,872,000 after purchasing an additional 80,758 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in Anthem by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,955,527 shares of the company’s stock valued at $776,161,000 after purchasing an additional 13,088 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.50% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Anthem stock traded down $0.47 on Friday, reaching $277.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,386,118 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,917,586. The stock has a market capitalization of $71.31 billion, a PE ratio of 17.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 0.85. Anthem Inc has a 52-week low of $220.80 and a 52-week high of $317.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58, a current ratio of 1.61 and a quick ratio of 1.61.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 24th. The company reported $6.03 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $5.86 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $24.39 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $24.31 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 14.99% and a net margin of 4.23%. The business’s revenue was up 9.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $5.41 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Anthem Inc will post 19.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, June 25th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 10th will be given a $0.80 dividend. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 7th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.14%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Barclays boosted their price target on Anthem to $330.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $333.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 1st. Credit Suisse Group restated 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. Royal Bank of Canada restated 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. Finally, Stephens boosted their price target on Anthem from $310.00 to $350.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $324.87.

In related news, Director Ramiro G. Peru sold 1,656 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $275.00, for a total transaction of $455,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 11,173 shares in the company, valued at $3,072,575. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Gloria M. Mccarthy sold 7,701 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $303.73, for a total value of $2,339,024.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.17% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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