Headlines about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.7322639772681 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on ANTM shares. Bank of America Corporation boosted their price target on shares of Anthem from $249.00 to $254.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Leerink Swann reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Anthem in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on shares of Anthem in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $234.00 price target on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Anthem from $201.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $201.07.

Shares of Anthem (NYSE ANTM) traded down $0.03 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $220.39. The company had a trading volume of 443,214 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,441,830. The company has a current ratio of 1.51, a quick ratio of 1.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. Anthem has a 52-week low of $140.50 and a 52-week high of $222.24. The firm has a market capitalization of $56,595.15, a P/E ratio of 17.69, a PEG ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 0.77.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.65 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.40 by $0.25. Anthem had a return on equity of 12.97% and a net margin of 3.35%. The company had revenue of $22.10 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $22.10 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.45 earnings per share. Anthem’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Anthem will post 11.97 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Investors of record on Tuesday, December 5th will be given a dividend of $0.70 per share. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.27%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, December 4th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio is presently 25.32%.

In related news, insider Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $190.63, for a total transaction of $4,027,058.75. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Ronald W. Penczek sold 978 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $217.42, for a total value of $212,636.76. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 1,222 shares in the company, valued at $265,687.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 65,955 shares of company stock valued at $13,179,953. 0.36% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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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