EPS for Anthem, Inc. (ANTM) Expected At $4.16; Stadion Money Management Lowered Grainger W W (GWW) Holding

June 20, 2018 - By Nellie Frank

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Stadion Money Management Llc decreased Grainger W W Inc (GWW) stake by 16.92% reported in 2018Q1 SEC filing. Stadion Money Management Llc sold 1,104 shares as Grainger W W Inc (GWW)’s stock rose 14.40%. The Stadion Money Management Llc holds 5,420 shares with $1.53 million value, down from 6,524 last quarter. Grainger W W Inc now has $17.53 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.25% or $0.77 during the last trading session, reaching $312.88. About 45,033 shares traded. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has risen 75.66% since June 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 63.09% the S&P500. Some Historical GWW News: ; 15/05/2018 – JANA PARTNERS LLC DISSOLVES SOLE SHARE STAKE IN W W GRAINGER INC; 19/04/2018 – W W GRAINGER INC – EXPECTS 2018 SALES GROWTH OF 5 TO 8 PERCENT AND EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $14.30 TO $15.30; 23/04/2018 – W W GRAINGER INC GWW.N : UBS RAISES TARGET PRICE TO $240 FROM $220; 02/04/2018 Grainger Names Thomas Okray CFO; 30/05/2018 – GRAINGER’S HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INVESTOR RELATIONS TO RETIRE; 19/04/2018 – WW Grainger 1Q EPS $4.07; 25/04/2018 – W W GRAINGER INC GWW.N INCREASES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND BY 6.3 PCT TO $1.36/SHR; 19/04/2018 – WW Grainger 1Q Adj EPS $4.18; 19/04/2018 – WW Grainger Raises 2018 View To EPS $14.30-EPS $15.30; 09/04/2018 – W W GRAINGER INC GWW.N : BMO RAISES TARGET PRICE TO $247 FROM $242

Analysts expect Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) to report $4.16 EPS on July, 25.They anticipate $0.79 EPS change or 23.44% from last quarter’s $3.37 EPS. ANTM’s profit would be $1.06 billion giving it 14.63 P/E if the $4.16 EPS is correct. After having $5.41 EPS previously, Anthem, Inc.’s analysts see -23.11% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.40% or $0.99 during the last trading session, reaching $243.5. About 179,301 shares traded. Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) has risen 28.04% since June 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 15.47% the S&P500. Some Historical ANTM News: ; 25/04/2018 – CORRECT: ANTHEM FY ADJ EPS FORECAST REPORTED IN ERROR; 30/05/2018 – Trump Told Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones NFL Anthem Protests Were ‘Very Winning’ Issue — Deposition; 22/05/2018 – Anthem Announces Plans to Remain Headquartered in Indianapolis; 23/05/2018 – NFL Adopts New Anthem Policy to Quell Player Protests; 22/05/2018 – WXIA 11: Exclusive: Falcons’ Arthur Blank addresses sports gambling, National Anthem controversies; 29/03/2018 – ANTHEM ACQUIRES A RESIDENTIAL SITE IN SOUTHWEST CALGARY; 17/05/2018 – Diageo Launches New American Anthem Vodka; 12/04/2018 – Multi-Platinum, Grammy® Award-Winning Pentatonix to Sing National Anthem at the 144th Kentucky Derby; 25/04/2018 – ANTHEM 1Q OPER REV. $22.34B, EST. $22.52B; 30/03/2018 – FCC: FCC Settles Equipment Marketing Investigation with Anthem

Among 25 analysts covering Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 72% are positive. Anthem Inc had 81 analyst reports since July 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) on Thursday, February 2 with “Outperform” rating. Jefferies maintained Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) rating on Wednesday, June 7. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $18500 target. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Friday, January 8 report. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Monday, April 4 by Leerink Swann. On Thursday, July 30 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform”. As per Friday, November 17, the company rating was maintained by Bank of America. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, October 2 by RBC Capital Markets. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $204.0 target in Wednesday, September 20 report. The firm has “Outperform” rating given on Thursday, April 27 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) earned “Buy” rating by Bernstein on Thursday, January 25.

Another recent and important Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) news was published by Businesswire.com which published an article titled: “Anthem, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Aspire Health” on June 18, 2018.

Anthem, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a health benefits firm in the United States. The company has market cap of $62.14 billion. It operates through three divisions: Commercial and Specialty Business, Government Business, and Other. It has a 15.62 P/E ratio. The firm offers a spectrum of network managed care health benefit plans to large and small employer, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets.

Analysts await W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) to report earnings on July, 18. They expect $3.75 earnings per share, up 36.86% or $1.01 from last year’s $2.74 per share. GWW’s profit will be $210.07 million for 20.86 P/E if the $3.75 EPS becomes a reality. After $4.18 actual earnings per share reported by W.W. Grainger, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -10.29% negative EPS growth.

Since January 11, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 5 sales for $8.64 million activity. $2.13 million worth of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares were sold by Brown Laura D. Tapia Eric R had sold 216 shares worth $60,207. HOWARD JOHN L had sold 19,500 shares worth $5.75 million. Watson Lucas E bought $50,020 worth of stock or 195 shares.

Stadion Money Management Llc increased Spdr Series Trust (LAG) stake by 120,100 shares to 731,504 valued at $20.60 million in 2018Q1. It also upped Spdr Series Trust (ITE) stake by 202,690 shares and now owns 852,483 shares. Pimco Etf Tr (MINT) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.75 in 2018 Q1. Its down 0.06, from 0.81 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 36 investors sold GWW shares while 214 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 106 raised stakes. 43.08 million shares or 5.84% less from 45.76 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Hartford Invest Mngmt reported 0.06% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Texas Permanent School Fund has invested 0.05% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Metropolitan Life Ins Com Ny accumulated 10,142 shares. Estabrook Mgmt accumulated 1,200 shares. Laurion Limited Partnership holds 10,855 shares or 0.02% of its portfolio. Swiss Financial Bank has 0.06% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Legal And General Gru Public Ltd Co owns 306,110 shares. Axa invested 0% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Thompson Invest Mgmt invested in 1,742 shares or 0.09% of the stock. Fmr Limited stated it has 0.02% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Andra Ap stated it has 50,600 shares or 0.37% of all its holdings. Pathstone Family Office Ltd Llc invested in 0.05% or 290 shares. Moreover, Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc has 0% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 200 shares. Trillium Asset Mgmt holds 0.04% or 2,383 shares. James Invest Inc reported 0.08% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW).

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