Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) Upgraded by Jefferies Group to Buy

Beaconlight Capital Llc sold 15,600 shares as the company's stock rose 10.08% with the market. The hedge fund held 44,900 shares of the health care company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $8.53 million, up from 40,710 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Beaconlight Capital Llc who had been investing in Anthem Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $63.97B market cap company. The stock increased 2.05% or $4.82 during the last trading session, reaching $239.82. About 206,936 shares traded or 188.38% up from the average.

Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) was upgraded by stock analysts at Jefferies Group from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday, January 12th, MarketBeat.com reports. It has outperformed by 15.16% the S&P500.

Warren Lammert decreased its stake in Axogen Inc (AXGN) by 7.31% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. This repurchase authorization allows the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. It closed at $38.15 lastly. Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADMS) has declined 0.40% since January 17, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 2.48% the S&P500.

Viking Global Investors Lp decreased Universal Hlth Svcs Inc (NYSE:UHS) stake by 548,308 shares to 1.19 million valued at $132.45M in 2017Q3. It also increased its holding in Lumentum Hldgs Inc by 12,000 shares in the quarter, for a total of 97,300 shares, and has risen its stake in Himax Technologies Inc.

Analysts await Anthem, Inc. Therefore 58% are positive. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.45 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Anthem Inc will post 11.97 EPS for the current year.

Illumina Inc. (ILMN) analysts on average have given a price target of $241.26 on ILMN stock. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $183.00 price target on shares of Anthem in a research report on Thursday, December 1st. As per Wednesday, November 4, the company rating was downgraded by Atlantic Securities. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Thursday, August 17 with "Equal-Weight". The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, July 30 with "Outperform". The rating was maintained by Cantor Fitzgerald on Monday, January 8 with "Buy". (NYSE:ANTM) rating on Wednesday, October 25. The firm has "Buy" rating by Citigroup given on Friday, October 2.

Ownership at Anthem, Inc. The stock has an average rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $205.60. That's a potential 5.41 increase relative to where Anthem, Inc.

(NYSE:ANTM)'s ROI is 7.80% signposting a better performance in the evaluation of the efficiency of an investment. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.25. ANTM's profit will be $320.95 million for 49.20 P/E if the $1.25 EPS becomes a reality. The company reported $2.65 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $2.40 by $0.25.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.85 in Q3 2017.

On 10/26/2017 Anthem announced a quarterly dividend of $0.70 1.35% with an ex dividend date of 12/4/2017 which will be payable on 12/21/2017. 49 funds opened positions while 157 raised stakes. (NYSE:AIG). Tukman Grossman Incorporated holds 4.72% or 102,513 shares in its portfolio.

Sit Investment Associates Inc holds 1.29% of its portfolio in Eaton Vance Short Duration Diversified Income Fund for 3.65 million shares.

Anthem declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, December 7th that authorizes the company to buyback $5.00 billion in outstanding shares. State Street has 0.06% invested in National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:AIG). Dnb Asset As stated it has 0.08% of its portfolio in American International Group, Inc. Stephens Inc Ar accumulated 100,140 shares or 0.13% of the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc accumulated 0% or 263 shares. That puts the market capitalization at $62.47 bln. (NYSE:WG). Tower Rech Cap Limited Liability (Trc) invested 0% of its portfolio in Willbros Group, Inc. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a "buy" rating on shares of Anthem in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Therefore 57% are positive. National Oilwell Varco had 110 analyst reports since July 31, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 5 by FBR Capital. Cantor Fitzgerald maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, August 21 report. (NYSE:ANTM) rating on Friday, November 17. The company was initiated on Wednesday, January 3 by Goldman Sachs. (NYSE:ANTM) on Monday, October 17 to "Neutral" rating. (NASDAQ:ADMS) earned "Buy" rating by Mizuho on Tuesday, June 6. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Sector Perform" on Friday, August 7.

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