|Bid||270.01 x 800|
|Ask||286.04 x 800|
|Day's Range||276.58 - 283.50|
|52 Week Range||227.16 - 317.56|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.82|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||15.02|
|Earnings Date||Apr 28, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.80 (1.29%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 12, 2020|
|1y Target Est||347.43|
Such patients often have higher rates of emergency-department usage and their unstable housing can make them harder to treat.
Shares of several health care companies rose Tuesday, to buck the broader stock market selloff, after Deutsche Bank analyst George Hill said the “muddled” race for the Democratic nominee suggests the political threats to health-care reform are fading.
Shares of health insurers charged higher Wednesday, as Bernie Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire primary was seen as increasing the odds that President Trump will be re-elected, which Wall Street views as a positive for insurers, as well as the broader stock market.
Shares of health insurers surged in morning trading Wednesday, as the New Hampshire primary victory by Bernie Sanders, who proposes Medicare for All, was seen as bolstering the chances that Donald Trump will win re-election. UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s stock shot up $12.13, or 4.2%, to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average's gainers, putting it on track for a record close. The price gain was adding about 82 points to the Dow, which was up 191 points. Among other insurers, shares of Cigna Corp. rallied 4.0%, Anthem Inc. hiked up 4.6%, Humana Inc. climbed 4.0% and Centene Corp. advanced 4.4%. On Tuesday, Raymond James analysts wrote that a Sanders nomination or a contested Democratic convention "increases the likelihood of a Trump victory, and potentially even an all-Republican government," which they said would be good for the broader stock market.
(Bloomberg) -- For the last several years, hackers based in China have allegedly been sucking up vast amounts of personal data of U.S. citizens: names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, even fingerprints.On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department took another stab at stopping them.Attorney General William Barr announced that four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army had engaged in a three-months-long campaign to steal information on about 145 million Americans from Equifax Inc. In doing so, Barr detailed an audacious plan that allegedly began with a vulnerability in Apache software and uncovered a mother load of personal data.According to U.S. authorities and cybersecurity experts, the Equifax hack was one of a string of data breaches executed by Chinese hackers in which personal data was stolen. Those experts described an effort to grab so much data on so many people that the Chinese could use it to compile a database of Americans, in part to bolster spying efforts. Chinese officials rejected the accusations. “The Chinese government, military and relevant personnel never engage in cyber theft of trade secrets,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday.Last year, Barr announced charges against a Chinese national who was part of “an extremely sophisticated hacking group operating in China” that stole information from four large American businesses, including data on 78.8 million people from the computer network of health insurer, Anthem Inc.China has also been linked to a 2018 cyber-attack at Marriott International Inc., yielding data on 500 million guests, and an infamous 2015 incident in which data from the federal Office of Personnel Management was stolen on 21 million individuals, including Social Security numbers and 5.6 million fingerprints.“Chinese spying is over the top increasingly dangerous,” said Jim Lewis, a senior vice president and director of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, when asked about the charges involving Equifax. “The PLA has more personal data on Americans than anyone else.”The Equifax hack represents a major “counterintelligence operation” by the Chinese government for future use, including advancing artificial intelligence capabilities, said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.“They have more than just your credit score,” Evanina told reporters during a briefing on Monday. “They have all of your data.” He added that his biggest concern is that the Chinese will use the data to target people who don’t work in national security and therefore might not be aware of an operation.U.S. officials said there was no evidence the stolen Equifax data was being used. However, Barr said the Equifax hack “fits a disturbing and unacceptable pattern of state-sponsored computer intrusions and thefts by China and its citizens that have targeted personally identifiable information, trade secrets and other confidential information.”John Hultquist, senior director of intelligence analysis at the cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc., said the Equifax incident is “just one example of a shift by Chinese state hackers toward organizations that aggregate data.”“Government bureaucracies, hospitality and travel organizations have been targeted alongside telecommunications firms and managed service providers in intrusions designed to allow access to huge amounts of data and proprietary information,” he said.Cybersecurity experts offered different views on the purpose of the stolen data.The data taken from Equifax may have been used as part of an attempt to compile a database of U.S. personally identifiable information, according to Priscilla Moriuchi, who is director of strategic threat development at the cybersecurity company Recorded Future, Inc. This database can be used for purposes including developing cover identities for Chinese intelligence officers, validating information from other intelligence services, or “building profiles of individuals that may be susceptible to recruitment by Chinese intelligence, “ she said.Ben Buchanan, a cybersecurity expert at Georgetown University, said the data gleaned may have uses such as providing “financial context on targets of interest to China.”“It probably wasn’t too taxing for the hackers to get even this voluminous amount of data, so why not take it?” he said.Aside from allegedly stealing personal data, China has also been accused of pilfering intellectual property from U.S. companies, including by hacking. Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who served under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, has called it the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.”In 2018, for instance, the U.S. indicted Chinese intelligence officers for stealing technology underlying a turbofan used by airlines while members of China’s Ministry of State Security were charged with targeting government agencies and more than 45 technology companies in the U.S.According to the indictment announced on Monday, the hack at Equifax began in May 2017, maybe earlier, and continued through July of that year. The defendants exploited a vulnerability in Apache software that was used by Equifax’s online dispute portal, where users could research and dispute inaccuracies in their credit reports. Apache had announced a vulnerability in certain versions of its Struts software, and it wasn’t patched on Equifax’s online dispute portal, according to the indictment.Equifax “holds a colossal repository of sensitive personally identifiable information, including full names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers,” according to the indictment, which alleged that the People’s Liberation Army obtained the names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers for 145 Americans, in addition to the driver’s licenses for at least 10 million Americans, and the credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information on 200,000 U.S. consumers. PLA hackers also obtained personal data belonging to nearly a million citizens of the U.K. and Canada, according to the indictment.Despite major investments in security measures, Equifax appeared to have been compromised “by poor implementation and the departures of key personnel in recent years,” according to a September 2017 story in Bloomberg Businessweek. A congressional report in 2018 found that Equifax failed to modernize its security to match its aggressive growth strategy.On Monday, Equifax Chief Executive Officer Mark Begor said, “Having China indicted for this really changes the stakes for all of us.”“These cyber-attacks are getting more challenging for every company,” he said. “It definitely raises the bar for all of us on what we need to do to defend the sensitive data that we have.”(Updates with comments from China’s foreign ministry in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jenny Surane.To contact the reporters on this story: Alyza Sebenius in Washington at email@example.com;Chris Strohm in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Martin at email@example.com, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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The stock market is an endless source of data – reams of it, constantly generated and updated as investors and markets move in a stately pas-de-deux through an ever-changing stage of prices and signals, financial reports and economic news. The sheer quantity of data can be intimidating, but successful investors learn how to navigate a way through.The Best Stocks to Buy feature from TipRanks is a valuable tool for plotting a viable course. Pulling data from eight separate streams, the stock analysis generates a single score for every stock in the TipRanks database – more than 6,500 all told. This score, the Smart Score, provides an indication of the stock’s likely movements over the coming 12 months, all at a glance.A perfect Smart Score, a 10, points to a strong likelihood that the stock in question will outperform the markets. We’ve pulled up three ‘Perfect 10’ stocks to see what Wall Street’s analysts have to say about them.Anthem, Inc. (ANTM)We’ll start with Anthem, a staple of the S&P 500 and a major health insurance provider in the US. The company boasts over 40 million insurance customers and brought in over $103 billion in revenues in 2019. That revenue number indicated 13% year-over-year growth, and capped a 2019 solid performance.Drilling down slightly, Anthem’s Q4 numbers showed an EPS of $3.62, and the company used the strong number to back a dividend increase of nearly 19%, to 95 cents per share. It was the fourth dividend raise in the last three years, and brings the yield to 1.39%, about equal to US Treasury bonds.While the dividend is modest, ANTM really rewards investors with the long-term share appreciation. The stock is up 109% over the past five years, and has maintained its value despite facing high volatility in the past 12 months.A look at the Smart Score underscores Anthem’s strengths. Anthem inspires bullish sentiment from financial bloggers and news reporters, much more so than average, while hedge funds increased holdings of the stock during the last quarter.Writing on the stock after hearing the Q4 earnings conference call, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel cited “continued above-average Medicare enrollment growth” as a reason for optimism, and pointed out that “the Medicaid margin recovery remains on track.”Newshel maintained his Buy rating on ANTM shares and set a price target of $340, suggesting room for an upside of 18%. (To watch Newshel’s track record, click here)Overall, Anthem stock receives a Strong Buy from the analyst consensus, with 10 Buy reviews against a single Hold. Shares are priced high, at $287.33, and the $341.18 average price target indicates an upside potential of 19%. (See Anthem stock analysis on TipRanks) SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW)From health insurance, we move to airlines. Specifically, the regional carrier segment of the industry. SkyWest, based in Utah, serves as a connector carrier for major airlines such as Air Alaska, American, Delta, and United. The company will operate under various names – for example, it is a Delta Connection when working with Delta – but SkyWest remains the name of the holding company. The airline operates over 2,200 flights daily to 250 locations in the US, Canada, and Mexico, mainly carrying passengers between small regional airports and major hubs.In the fourth quarter, SKYW beat the forecasts on EPS and revenues. EPS, at $1.43, was 1.4% higher than expectations, and an impressive 12% above the year-ago number. Revenue came in 1% above the forecast, at $743.6 million. Better, from an investor point of view, was the 9.4% drop in operating expenses, combined with the acquisition of ten E175 and seven CRJ900 aircrafts during 2019.SkyWest’s stock analysis shows a wide range of data points supporting the ‘perfect 10’ Smart Score. Fundamental factors, such as return on equity and asset growth, are strongly positive, while individual investors have shown a positive sentiment by increasing holdings in the stock.Covering the stock for Deutsche Bank, 5-star analyst Michael Linenberg sees room for continued growth. He writes, “We are maintaining our full year 2021 EPS estimate of $6.45, which we view as conservative in light of the 20 incremental American E175s announced in the earnings release. Furthermore, there could be other growth opportunities for SkyWest as other aircraft transition to/from major airline partners over the next few years as well as further upside at the company's nascent aircraft and engine leasing business.”Along with his positive outlook, Linenberg gives the stock a Buy rating and a price target of $75. This price target implies a possible upside of 26%. (To watch Linenberg’s track record, click here)SKYW has 4 recent Buy ratings, making the Strong Buy consensus view unanimous. Shares are affordably priced at $59.72, and the $75.25 average price target suggests an upside potential of 26% here. (See SkyWest stock analysis on TipRanks) elf Beauty, Inc. (ELF)Third on today’s list is e.l.f. Beauty, a small-cap cosmetic company based in Oakland, California. In today’s tech-heavy world, this may not seem like the go-to investment – but e.l.f. has just received two ratings upgrades from the analysts. Clearly, there is more to this stock than meets the eye.ELF has beaten quarterly earnings estimates in every report over the past two years, a bravura performance for any stock. For fiscal Q3, released on February 5, the company posted net sales of $81 million, up 8% from the prior-year quarter. Not to mention gross margin rose from 60% to 65%. With these kinds of numbers behind them, it’s no surprise that shares are up 8% to start 2020.The stock’s momentum is behind the Smart Score of 10. At a nearly 103% change in the past 12 months, ELS shares are on an upward trajectory. News sentiment and hedge funds are also bullish.Turning to analyst reviews, we find the two recent upgrades. Writing on the stock for Piper Sandler, analyst Erinn Murphy says “the brand is poised to gain market share.” With this in mind, she bumped up the stock to Buy from Neutral, and set a price target of $19. (To watch Murphy’s track record, click here)Also bullish is Stephanie Wissink, from Jefferies. She goes into greater detail, writing in a recent note, “Underlying demand remains robust (+DD) and we expect tracked channel data to reflect a more normalized pattern of takeaway over the next 10-12 weeks. Lapping hero SKU and related earned media benefits in March-May will create a data gap but benefits from new product releases, 2H19 pricing increase, and anniv. store closures should offset…”Wissink also raised her stance from Neutral to Buy. Her price target is slightly more bullish; at $20, it implies an upside of 15%. (To watch Wissink’s track record, click here)ELF shares maintain a Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus, based on 8 Buys against 3 Holds. For a stock with such strong prospects, it is a bargain at $17.34. The $20.72 average price target suggest room for 19% upside growth. (See e.l.f. Beauty stock analysis on TipRanks)
Poll results indicate Sen. Bernie Sanders has the best shot at winning the Iowa caucuses. Jefferies says a victory might not slam the stocks despite the senator’s support for Medicare for All.
Insider buying can be an encouraging signal for potential investors. A couple of CEOs stepped up to the buy window following earnings reports. Conventional wisdom says that insiders and 10% owners really only buy shares of a company for one reason — they believe the stock price will rise and they want to profit.
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Jefferies analyst David Windley thinks the health insurer’s forecast “is likely disappointing to the market.” Anthem stock is down 5.8%.
Anthem (ANTM) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -0.51% and 1.04%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) reported fourth quarter and full year financial 2019 results that reflect double-digit top and bottom line growth and the successful launch of IngenioRx.