Is Anthem (ANTM) Setting Up for a Big Move?

by Christian Tharp, CMT

Anthem (ANTM) is one of the largest private health insurance organizations nationwide, providing medical benefits to roughly 44 million medical members. The company offers employer, individual, and government-sponsored coverage plans. It is also the largest single provider of Blue Cross Blue Shield branded coverage…

 

Anthem (ANTM) is benefiting from a premium rate increase and higher membership. In addition, acquisitions have enabled the company to boost its Medicare Advantage growth. ANTM also saw a rise in usage of its virtual care services. Plus, its Medicare and Medicaid businesses should help increase its membership going forward.

The company’s balance sheet looks solid with a debt-to-equity ratio of only 0.6. Growth also looks strong with earnings rising an average of 21.1% per year over the past five years. Analysts expect earnings to surge 100.8% year over year in the current quarter, leading to a Growth Grade of A in our POWR Ratings system.

The stock also looks undervalued with a forward P/E of 14.49. ANTM was showing bullish momentum in October, but performance has been mixed since, as shown in the chart below.

Take a look at the 1-year chart of ANTM below with added notations…

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Christian Tharp, CMT

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