Anthem stock: buy or sell?
September 20th, 2019
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 Stocks2.com, 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.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Anthem stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.At Stocks2.com, 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.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-3-8||Credit Suisse Group||Outperform||Outperform|
|2019-3-8||Credit Suisse Group||Outperform||Outperform|
|2019-1-31||Royal Bank of Canada||Outperform||Outperform|
|2019-1-31||Morgan Stanley||Overweight||Top Pick|
Anthem stock analysis
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.
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.
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 $347.80How 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:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-7-12||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$359.00||$371.00||3.3%|
|2019-4-25||SunTrust Banks||Lowers Target||n/a||$300.00||-|
|2019-4-25||Morgan Stanley||Lowers Target||$391.00||$359.00||-8.2%|
|2019-3-8||Credit Suisse Group||Reiterates||$344.00||$368.00||7%|
|2019-3-8||Credit Suisse Group||Raises Target||$344.00||$368.00||7%|
|2019-1-31||SunTrust Banks||Raises Target||n/a||$340.00||-|
|2019-1-31||Royal Bank of Canada||Reiterates||$318.00||$346.00||8.8%|
|2019-1-31||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$372.00||$391.00||5.1%|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAfter 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.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared 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%
|2013||$71,170 M||-||$2,630 M3.7%||-|
|2014||$73,874 M||3.80%||$2,570 M3.5%||-2.29%|
|2015||$79,157 M||7.15%||$2,560 M3.2%||-0.38%|
|2016||$84,863 M||7.21%||$2,470 M2.9%||-3.52%|
|2017||$90,040 M||6.10%||$3,843 M4.3%||55.60%|
|2018||$92,105 M||2.29%||$3,750 M4.1%||-2.42%|
|TTM||$94,234 M||2.31%||$3,989 M4.2%||6.38%|
Quarterly financial resultsAnthem 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.
|2017-Q2||$22,430 M||-||$855 M3.8%||-|
|2017-Q3||$22,440 M||0.04%||$747 M3.3%||-12.67%|
|2017-Q4||$22,680 M||1.07%||$1,231 M5.4%||64.79%|
|2018-Q1||$22,538 M||-0.63%||$1,313 M5.8%||6.64%|
|2018-Q2||$22,944 M||1.80%||$1,053 M4.6%||-19.74%|
|2018-Q3||$23,251 M||1.34%||$960 M4.1%||-8.87%|
|2018-Q4||$23,373 M||0.52%||$425 M1.8%||-55.73%|
|2019-Q1||$24,666 M||5.53%||$1,551 M6.3%||264.94%|
Anthem ownershipWhen 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 shares||255.8 M||413.6 M||135.1 M||947.7 M|
|Float shares||255.4 M||408.0 M||134.7 M||941.0 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||91.4%||92.3%||96.4%||88.2%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.2%||2.4%||0.2%||0.6%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Friday, September 20th, 2019|
|Day range||$251.55 - $256.14|
|Average true range||$6.24|
|50d mov avg||$274.96|
|100d mov avg||$275.57|
|200d mov avg||$277.16|
Anthem performanceStocks 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 competitorsWe chose a few stocks to conform a list of Anthem competitors to review if you are interested in investing in ANTM:
Latest Anthem stock news
- Seeking AlphaAnthem Is A Strong Buy For The Long TermJanuary 16, 2019
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