Anthem stock: buy or sell?

ANTM stock price: $251.91 -1.39% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


Anthem shares decreased -1.39% to $251.91 today.

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.

Should I buy Anthem stock?

You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. At, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, Anthem stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Anthem stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 15 ratings published for ANTM stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for ANTM stock, with 12 positive ratings.
Is ANTM a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-12Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-7-12Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-4-25SunTrust Banksn/aHold
2019-4-25Morgan StanleyOverweightOverweight
2019-4-23UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-3-8Credit Suisse GroupOutperformOutperform
2019-3-8Credit Suisse GroupOutperformOutperform
2019-1-31SunTrust Banksn/an/a
2019-1-31Royal Bank of CanadaOutperformOutperform
2019-1-31Morgan StanleyOverweightTop Pick
2019-1-31Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight

Anthem stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Anthem ended today at $251.91 and decreased an awful -1.39%.

Anthem shares decreased -1.39% to $251.91 today. In the last 37 days when ANTM stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-34.07 per share (-11.91%). ANTM is soaring again after a 3.57% correction from its last top on Monday at $260.28.

ANTM stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Anthem remained steady a bad -0.46% this week. By mid August ANTM plummed a scary -5.83% in just one week.

Observing the weekly chart, price is in a simple uptrend, tested $247.61 level and now climbing back aiming its last top at $311.48. Since price and 40-weeks moving average lines crossed down by mid August, ANTM fell $-34.50 per share (-12.05%). Trading stocks that are under the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average mark is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support. Far behind is the all-time high Anthem recorded late February and since then the price is -20.09% below that top.

ANTM stock chart (weekly)

Anthem stock price history

Anthem stock went public on October 30th, 2001 with a price of $17.601. Since then, ANTM stock grew a 1,331.30%, with a yearly average of 78.30%. If you had invested right after ANTM's IPO a $1,000 in Anthem stock in 2001, it would worth $13,313.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Anthem stock historical price chart

ANTM stock reached all-time highs on February with a price of $315.23.

Anthem stock price target is $347.80

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we found 11 price predictions for ANTM stock:
ANTM stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-12Morgan StanleyRaises Target$359.00$371.003.3%
2019-4-25SunTrust BanksLowers Targetn/a$300.00-
2019-4-25Morgan StanleyLowers Target$391.00$359.00-8.2%
2019-4-25BarclaysRaises Target$316.00$317.000.3%
2019-3-8Credit Suisse GroupReiterates$344.00$368.007%
2019-3-8Credit Suisse GroupRaises Target$344.00$368.007%
2019-1-31SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$340.00-
2019-1-31StephensRaises Target$310.00$350.0012.9%
2019-1-31Royal Bank of CanadaReiterates$318.00$346.008.8%
2019-1-31Morgan StanleyRaises Target$372.00$391.005.1%
(in average)$343.60$347.801.0%
Moving in a range from $391.00 and $300.00, the price prediction for Anthem stock is $347.80. In average, analysts' outlook on ANTM price forecast is stable from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After posting its last earnings report on April, Anthem . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
ANTM earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a slightly good gain of 2.29% to $92,105.00 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained stable a -0.20% to 4.07%.

To have an up to date view of the financial situation of Anthem, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Anthem TTM sales up to March 2019 were $94,233.70 and earnings were $3,989.40 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Anthem business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, gained a slightly fine 2.31%. Regarding profit margin, Anthem stayed stable 0.16% to 4.07%

ANTM annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$71,170 M-$2,630 M3.7%-
2014$73,874 M3.80%$2,570 M3.5%-2.29%
2015$79,157 M7.15%$2,560 M3.2%-0.38%
2016$84,863 M7.21%$2,470 M2.9%-3.52%
2017$90,040 M6.10%$3,843 M4.3%55.60%
2018$92,105 M2.29%$3,750 M4.1%-2.42%
TTM $94,234 M2.31%$3,989 M4.2%6.38%

Quarterly financial results

Anthem posted $24,666.00 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a 5.53% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $1,551.00 M with a profit margin of 6.29%. Profit margin inched a 4.47% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 1.82%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Anthem sales marked a cool gain and escalated a 9.44%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Anthem posted 4 positive quarters in a row.
ANTM quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$22,430 M-$855 M3.8%-
2017-Q3$22,440 M0.04%$747 M3.3%-12.67%
2017-Q4$22,680 M1.07%$1,231 M5.4%64.79%
2018-Q1$22,538 M-0.63%$1,313 M5.8%6.64%
2018-Q2$22,944 M1.80%$1,053 M4.6%-19.74%
2018-Q3$23,251 M1.34%$960 M4.1%-8.87%
2018-Q4$23,373 M0.52%$425 M1.8%-55.73%
2019-Q1$24,666 M5.53%$1,551 M6.3%264.94%

Anthem ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a stock, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Anthem shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.17% of all shares.

Bearish positions for ANTM stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Anthem:

Market cap$64.4 B$19.2 B$37.5 B$220.7 B
Total shares255.8 M413.6 M135.1 M947.7 M
Float shares255.4 M408.0 M134.7 M941.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)91.4%92.3%96.4%88.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%2.4%0.2%0.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Anthem summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$251.55 - $256.14
Previous close$255.45
Session gain-1.39%
Average true range$6.24
50d mov avg$274.96
100d mov avg$275.57
200d mov avg$277.16
Daily patternlb01a
Weekly pattern lb01a

Anthem performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We chose Centene, Humana and UnitedHealth as the bechmarking frame for Anthem stock.

Anthem competitors

We chose a few stocks to conform a list of Anthem competitors to review if you are interested in investing in ANTM:

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