News stories about Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Anthem earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.2507007635348 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) traded up $1.57 on Wednesday, hitting $235.02. 1,500,188 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,780,000. The company has a market capitalization of $60,340.00, a P/E ratio of 16.37, a P/E/G ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 0.83. The company has a quick ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66. Anthem has a 12 month low of $158.66 and a 12 month high of $267.95.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be given a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.28%. This is an increase from Anthem’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.70. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 19.50%.

Anthem announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Thursday, December 7th that permits the company to buyback $5.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Several analysts have commented on ANTM shares. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $215.00 price objective on shares of Anthem in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. BidaskClub raised shares of Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Anthem from $201.00 to $215.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $226.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $234.00 target price for the company. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $230.80.

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

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About Anthem

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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