Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Are Shares of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) Fairly Valued?

Russell Knight | 17 April, 2018, 14:45

Palo Capital Inc who had been investing in Anthem Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $56.80B market cap company. The stock increased 1.69% or $3.76 during the last trading session, reaching $225.78. About 1.20 million shares traded.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. It has outperformed by 23.75% the S&P500.

Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel Lllp decreased its stake in Lowes Cos Inc (LOW) by 1.81% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC.

In other news, SVP Ronald W. Penczek sold 1,966 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 7th. The institutional investor held 71,219 shares of the prepackaged software company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $2.00M, down from 89,467 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The company has a market cap of $43.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.01 and a beta of 0.69. The stock decreased 0.93% or $0.81 during the last trading session, reaching $86.23. If the Golden Cross is greater than 1, then the 50 day moving average is above the 200 day moving average - indicating a positive share price momentum. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has declined 15.88% since April 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 39.22% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.92 in Q4 2017. On the other end, a stock with a score from 0-2 would be viewed as weak. 3 funds opened positions while 6 raised stakes. 292,846 shares or 88.91% more from 155,019 shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Carroll Financial Associate stated it has 1,500 shares. IFM Investors Pty Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Anthem during the fourth quarter worth approximately $483,000. Messner And Smith Theme Value Inv Mngmt Limited Ca holds 0.01% or 23,850 shares in its portfolio. (NYSE:ANTM) is 21.285000. This is calculated by taking weekly log normal returns and standard deviation of the share price over one year annualized. The New York-based Mufg Americas has invested 0% in Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC). (NYSE:LOW). Burke And Herbert Savings Bank And Tru invested in 0.64% or 8,068 shares.

Analysts also use the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio for stock valuation, which is calculated as market price per share ($16.49) divided by EPS (-0.02).

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Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Granite Inv Prtn Limited Com reported 13,250 shares stake. Dowling And Yahnke Limited Liability holds 0.37% or 106,441 shares.

Advisors Capital Management Llc, which manages about $763.81M and $1.26B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO) by 25,943 shares to 55,367 shares, valued at $10.51M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) by 8,174 shares in the quarter, for a total of 12,246 shares, and has risen its stake in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr (SPY). Zacks Investment Research's EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover Anthem. Therefore 65% are positive. Mylan Inc. had 73 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) rating on Thursday, November 2. UBS maintained Lowe's Companies, Inc. The firm has "Buy" rating by Leerink Swann given on Friday, March 9. This is something that investor look for in all the stocks in which investor is trading and this is an important indicator to keep tabs on. (NYSE:ANTM) on Thursday, October 26 with "Equal-Weight" rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, October 2 report. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, March 1 by UBS. Jefferies Group LLC upped their price target on shares of Anthem from $151.00 to $172.00 and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, February 2nd. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a "buy" rating and set a $275.00 price objective on shares of Anthem in a report on Friday, January 19th.

Analysts await Lowe's Companies, Inc. The lowest EPS estimate is $4.66 and the highest is $5.94. SYMC's profit will be $155.39 million for 27.75 P/E if the $0.25 EPS becomes a reality. The shares were sold at an average price of $229.81, for a total value of $5,647,810.56.

Analysts have a mean recommendation of 3.20 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range). The stock presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $236.13. (NYSE:ANTM) earned "Buy" rating by Jefferies on Wednesday, January 31. Piper Jaffray has "Buy" rating and $278.0 target.

Share of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) has "Overweight" rating given on Wednesday, September 16 by JP Morgan. The rating was initiated by Goldman Sachs with "Hold" on Wednesday, January 3. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained Anthem, Inc. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of T in report on Saturday, September 5 with "Outperform" rating. The company was upgraded on Tuesday, October 27 by HSBC. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on Anthem from $247.00 to $266.00 and gave the stock an "equal weight" rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st.

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