Taylor Hoffman Wealth Management Acquires 700 Shares of Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM)

Taylor Hoffman Wealth Management boosted its holdings in Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) by 57.4% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 1,920 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 700 shares during the period. Taylor Hoffman Wealth Management’s holdings in Anthem were worth $461,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Squar Milner Financial Services LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Anthem in the second quarter valued at approximately $28,000. Next Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Anthem during the 2nd quarter worth $30,000. Motco bought a new position in Anthem during the 2nd quarter worth $31,000. NuWave Investment Management LLC increased its stake in Anthem by 46.3% during the 2nd quarter. NuWave Investment Management LLC now owns 120 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,000 after acquiring an additional 38 shares during the period. Finally, Clean Yield Group bought a new position in Anthem during the 2nd quarter worth $36,000. 89.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of ANTM stock traded up $2.32 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $282.09. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,213,272 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,697,421. The firm’s 50 day simple moving average is $252.84 and its 200-day simple moving average is $270.42. The company has a market capitalization of $69.22 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.75, a PEG ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.74. Anthem Inc has a fifty-two week low of $227.16 and a fifty-two week high of $317.99. The company has a quick ratio of 1.70, a current ratio of 1.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The company reported $4.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.82 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $26.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.88 billion. Anthem had a return on equity of 15.59% and a net margin of 4.29%. The company’s revenue was up 15.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.81 EPS. Sell-side analysts predict that Anthem Inc will post 19.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 20th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 5th will be issued a $0.80 dividend. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.13%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 4th. Anthem’s dividend payout ratio is presently 20.14%.

In other Anthem news, EVP Peter D. Haytaian sold 9,586 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $269.57, for a total value of $2,584,098.02. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 42,488 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,453,490.16. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.17% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the company. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of Anthem in a research note on Friday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on Anthem from $356.00 to $360.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 24th. ValuEngine lowered Anthem from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on Anthem in a research note on Thursday, September 12th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lowered their price objective on Anthem from $345.00 to $340.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $319.72.

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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