The Anthem Inc (ANTM) Position Raised by Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund

Artisan Partners Limited Partnership decreased its position in Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) by 0.2% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. KBC Group NV's holdings in Anthem were worth $18,089,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in Anthem by 177.3% during the second quarter. Sector Gamma AS now owns 182,610 shares of the company's stock worth $34,674,000 after acquiring an additional 3,200 shares in the last quarter. Orbis Allan Gray Ltd raised its position in Anthem by 4.3% in the 2nd quarter. The Lyrical Asset Management Lp holds 1.64M shares with $309.01M value, up from 1.46 million last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Anthem by 20.2% in the third quarter. WBI Investments Inc. now owns 56,233 shares of the company's stock valued at $10,579,000 after buying an additional 48,609 shares during the period. British Airways Pensions Investment Management Ltd increased its stake in Anthem by 9.4% during the 3rd quarter. Glenview Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anthem during the fourth quarter valued at $844,512,000. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,026,741 shares of the company's stock worth $193,161,000 after purchasing an additional 32,900 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.18% of the company's stock.

Anthem, Inc. has a one year low of $140.50 and a one year high of $236.39. (NYSE:ANTM) traded down $2.62 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $232.34. The company has a market cap of $60,328.45, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 0.78. The quick ratio, on the other hand, is *tba indicating the company's current short-term liquidity.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $2.40 by $0.25. The company had revenue of $22.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.10 billion. Anthem had a net margin of 3.35% and a return on equity of 12.97%. Anthem's revenue for the quarter was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Anthem, Inc. will post 11.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Moreover, Ruggie Capital Group has 0.05% invested in the company for 5,000 shares. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 7th. This represents a $2.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.44%. Anthem's payout ratio is presently 25.32%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on ANTM. Bank of America increased their price objective on shares of Anthem from $249.00 to $254.00 and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Jefferies Group restated a "hold" rating and issued a $226.00 target price on shares of Anthem in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Anthem in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. They issued an "outperform" rating and a $234.00 price objective on the stock. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company's stock.

In related news, insider Joseph Swedish sold 21,125 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $215.70, for a total value of $345,551.40. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 35,322 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $7,618,955.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Julie A. Hill sold 1,602 shares of the business's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $217.42, for a total transaction of $212,636.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 44,830 shares of company stock worth $9,018,328.

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Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits firm in the United States. It operates through three divisions: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. The firm offers a spectrum of network managed care health benefit plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets.

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