A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that Anthem Inc (Symbol: ANTM) is the #47 broker analyst pick among those stocks screened by The Online Investor for strong stock buyback activity. To make that list, a stock must have repurchased at least 5% of its outstanding shares over the trailing twelve month period. In forming the rank, the analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses were tallied, and averaged; then, the list of stocks with strong buyback activity was ranked according to those averages.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, ANTM makes up 6.12% of the iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF ( IHF ) which is trading higher by about 0.6% on the day Tuesday. ANTM operates in the Hospital & Medical Practitioners sector, among companies like Anthem Inc ( ANTX ) which is up about 0.5% today, and HCA Holdings Inc ( HCA ) trading lower by about 0.8%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of ANTM, versus ANTX and HCA. ANTM is currently trading up about 1.2% midday Tuesday.