Anthem stock: buy or sell?

ANTM stock price: $294.71 0.26% At close on February 21st, 2020

Updated on:
February 21st, 2020


Anthem ended on February/21 at $294.71 and stayed stable a slightly fine 0.26%. On Feb/12 ANTM climbed an astounding 5.44%.

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 time to buy them. At, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Anthem stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

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 published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for ANTM stock for the last 30 days.

Anthem stock analysis

Daily outlook

Anthem shares stayed constant 0.26% to $294.71 on Feb 21st.

Anthem stayed constant a slightly fine 0.26% and closed at $294.71. In the last 18 days when ANTM stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $21.34 (7.81%). On January/29, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 1.51%. From a daily perspective, ANTM is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($273.78, on February/11) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($304.52, on Wednesday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top ANTM might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $304.52 or down under $273.78.

ANTM stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting a dazzling 7.17% in a week last week, Anthem closed this week at $294.71 and decreased an ugly -1.04%. Late January ANTM plunged a scary -12.06% in just one week.

Observing the weekly chart, price is in a simple uptrend, tested $261.69 level and now climbing back aiming its last top at $309.10. Last week ANTM price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Since late January when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, ANTM price slipped $-10.68 per share (-3.50%). Far behind is the all-time high Anthem recorded late February 2019 but price is just -6.25% below that top.

ANTM stock chart (weekly)

Anthem stock price history

Anthem IPO was on October 30th, 2001 at $17.55 per share1. Since then, ANTM stock surged a 1,579.30%, with a yearly average of 87.70%. If you had invested $1,000 in Anthem stock in 2001, it would worth $15,793.00 today.

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

Anthem stock historical price chart

ANTM stock reached all-time highs with a price of $314.35.

Anthem stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. 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 month we have not found any price forecast for Anthem stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on April, Anthem . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
ANTM earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Anthem annual sales raised a slightly fine 2.29% to $92,105.00 million dollars from $90,040.00 marked in 2017. In contrary, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) stayed stable to 4.07%, that is $3,750.00 million.

Anthem fiscal year ends in December, and to evaluate its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Anthem TTM sales up to March 2019 were $94,233.70 and earnings $3,989.40 million dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Anthem business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a tiny 2.31%. Nevertheless, profit margin (net income/revenues) remained constant at 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 reported $24,666.00 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 5.53% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $1,551.00 million with a profit margin of 6.29%. Profit margin grew a 4.47% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 1.82%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Anthem sales marked a wonderful increase 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 buy shares of a stock, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Anthem shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.14% of all shares.

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

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$74.7 B
Total shares253.6 M
Float shares252.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)92.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Anthem summary

Friday, February 21st, 2020
Day range$290.17 - $296.79
Previous close$293.94
Session gain0.26%
Average true range$8.68
50d mov avg$293.61
100d mov avg$280.62
200d mov avg$277.27
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lb01a

Anthem performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We compared Anthem against in the following table:

Anthem competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Anthem competitor. This doesn't mean Anthem does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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