Viking Global Investors LP Increased Anthem INC (ANTM) Stake as Shares Declined

For a total of 7.49 million shares it reduced its holding in Lennar Corp (NYSE:LEN) by 2.03M shares in the quarter, and has cut its stake in Visa Inc (NYSE:V).

Anthem declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, December 7th that allows the company to repurchase $5.00 billion in outstanding shares. ANTM reached $222.56 on during the last trading session after $2.1 change.Anthem, Inc. has volume of 584,590 shares. About 2.03 million shares traded or 24.83% up from the average. The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) has declined 14.03% since April 14, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.27% the S&P500. Needelman Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Anthem Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $56.41 billion market cap company. ANTM has diverse figures for different time frames; starting from week's performance plunged -4.45% in last five regular trading sessions. $1.91M worth of Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) shares were sold by SANGHI STEVE. Since April 13, 2017 ANTM has risen 35.30% and is uptrending. "Buy" rating has 12, "Sell" are 0, while 2 are "Hold". The positive are 86%. Anthem, Inc. has a 1-year low of $114.85 and a 1-year high of $164.22. The average target $271.29 is 22.19% above the last ($222.02) price. Since October 18, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc Anthem Inc has 23 analyst reports.

In other Anthem news, EVP Thomas C. Zielinski sold 20,455 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. Piper Jaffray Companies began coverage on Anthem in a research report on Wednesday, January 4th. The firm earned "Equal-Weight" rating on Thursday, August 17 by Morgan Stanley. MD lowered its stake in Anthem, Inc. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $280.00 price objective (up from $255.00) on shares of Anthem in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. (NYSE:ANTM) on Thursday, August 17 with "Equal-Weight" rating. Morgan Stanley maintained Anthem, Inc. On Friday, January 12 the rating was upgraded by Jefferies to "Buy". The firm has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, September 14 by Cantor Fitzgerald. The rating was maintained by Mizuho on Wednesday, February 8 with "Neutral".

Analysts expect Anthem, Inc. ANTM's profit will be $1.31B for 10.76 P/E if the $5.12 EPS becomes a reality. The company reported $1.76 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.61 by $0.15.

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Among 24 analysts covering Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP), 23 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 48% are positive. On Wednesday, October 25 Cantor Fitzgerald maintained Anthem, Inc. The firm has "Hold" rating by Zacks given on Tuesday, August 4. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and sixteen have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Thursday, October 29 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Apple Inc. RBC Capital Markets maintained Tenneco Inc. Hexavest Inc holds 3.46% in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:TEN) has "Market Perform" rating given on Monday, October 30 by Wells Fargo.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.73 in 2017 Q4. MD owned about 0.06% of Anthem worth $1,874,542,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. It is negative, as 44 investors sold MCHP shares while 235 reduced holdings. Advisory Services Network LLC raised its position in Anthem by 0.3% in the third quarter. Wespac Advsrs Ltd Liability holds 0.64% or 4,085 shares in its portfolio. Jpmorgan Chase And, a New York-based fund reported 301,496 shares. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Lenox Wealth Mgmt Inc owns 17,532 shares or 0.9% of their USA portfolio. Another trade for 69,491 shares valued at $11.56M was made by SCHILLER PHILIP W on Tuesday, April 3. Winslow Evans Crocker Inc invested 0.05% in Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP). The stock was sold at an average price of $229.23, for a total transaction of $4,688,899.65. Oak Ridge Invests Limited Liability Com, a Illinois-based fund reported 8,673 shares. Mark Sheptoff Fincl Planning Limited Com stated it has 0.32% in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TEN) for 41,365 shares. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 84,346 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,611,632.02. Zurcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonalbank) holds 2.86% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. (NYSE:TEN) for 260,486 shares. (NYSE:VZ). 89,305 are owned by Walter And Keenan Consulting Mi Adv. Nikko Asset Mgmt Americas Inc has invested 0.02% in Verizon Communications Inc. New Amsterdam Prns Lc Ny holds 2.15% or 183,463 shares in its portfolio. Rice Hall James Associate Ltd Liability Corporation owns 3,187 shares. Goldman Sachs initiated Anthem, Inc. Lincoln Llc, a Nebraska-based fund reported 2,633 shares.

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