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Anthem, Inc (ANTM) is a leading healthcare plans business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$382.9 after a previous close of US$381.85. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD377.85 to a high of USD386.5. The latest price was USD384.34 (25 minute delay). Anthem is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Anthem
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Anthem. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: ANTM. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Anthem reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$366.87, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Anthem, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Anthem. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Anthem key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Anthem stock a buy or sell?
- Anthem performance over time
- Can I short Anthem shares?
- Is Anthem suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Anthem shares over-valued?
- Anthem's financials
- How volatile are Anthem shares?
- Does Anthem pay a dividend?
- Have Anthem shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Anthem share priceUse our graph to track the performance of ANTM stocks over time.
Anthem shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$243.3822 - US$379.13|
|50-day moving average||US$343.5443|
|200-day moving average||US$315.698|
|Dividend yield||US$3.8 (1.05%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$17.98|
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Is it a good time to buy Anthem stock?
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Anthem price performance over time
|1 week (2021-04-15)||3.15%|
|1 month (2021-03-19)||8.53%|
|3 months (2021-01-22)||22.37%|
|6 months (2020-10-21)||29.77%|
|1 year (2020-04-21)||54.12%|
|2 years (2019-04-18)||60.40%|
|3 years (2018-04-20)||70.01%|
|5 years (2016-04-21)||163.41%|
Is Anthem under- or over-valued?
Valuing Anthem stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Anthem's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Anthem's P/E ratio
Anthem's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Anthem shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Anthem's PEG ratio
Anthem's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4069. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Anthem's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Anthem's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$9 billion (£6.5 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Anthem's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$121.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||6.78%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$33.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.29%|
|Return on equity TTM||14.08%|
|Market capitalisation||US$91.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Anthem shares
There are currently 3.8 million Anthem shares held short by investors – that's known as Anthem's "short interest". This figure is 22.5% up from 3.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Anthem shares can be evaluated.
Anthem's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Anthem's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Anthem shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Anthem shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). Anthem's SIR currently stands at 2.54. In other words for every 100,000 Anthem shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2540 shares are currently held short.
However Anthem's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Anthem shares, or, against the total number of tradable Anthem shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Anthem's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Anthem shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0155% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Anthem shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Anthem.
Find out more about how you can short Anthem stock.
Anthem's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Anthem.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Anthem's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 17.94
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Anthem's overall score of 17.94 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Anthem is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Anthem's environmental score
Environmental score: 1.55/100
Anthem's environmental score of 1.55 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Anthem's social score
Social score: 10.27/100
Anthem's social score of 10.27 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Anthem's governance score
Governance score: 8.63/100
Anthem's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Anthem is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Anthem's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Anthem scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Anthem has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||17.94|
|Total ESG percentile||12.86|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||2|
Anthem share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 17.75% of net profits
Recently Anthem has paid out, on average, around 17.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.25% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Anthem shareholders could enjoy a 1.25% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Anthem's case, that would currently equate to about $3.8 per share.
While Anthem's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Anthem is investing more in its future growth.
Anthem's most recent dividend payout was on 24 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Anthem's shares ever split?
Anthem's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 31 May 2005. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Anthem shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Anthem shares which in turn could have impacted Anthem's share price.
Anthem share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Anthem's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$243.3822 up to US$379.13. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Anthem's is 1.0546. This would suggest that Anthem's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It operates through four segments: Commercial & Specialty Business, Government Business, IngenioRx, and Other. The company offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small groups, individuals, Medicaid, and Medicare markets. Its managed care plans include preferred provider organizations; health maintenance organizations; point-of-service plans; traditional indemnity plans and other hybrid plans, including consumer-driven health plans; and hospital only and limited benefit products. The company also provides a range of managed care services to self-funded customers, including claims processing, underwriting, stop loss insurance, actuarial services, provider network access, medical cost management, disease management, wellness programs, and other administrative services. In addition, it offers an array of specialty and other insurance products and services, such as pharmacy benefits management, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits, radiology benefit management, and analytics-driven personal health care. Further, the company provides services to the federal government in connection with the Federal Employee Program; and operates as a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. As of December 31, 2020, it served 43 million medical members through its affiliated health plans. The company was formerly known as WellPoint, Inc. and changed its name to Anthem, Inc. in December 2014. Anthem, Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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