Anthem (ANTM): DOJ Settlement Still Unlikely - FBR

August 15, 2016 6:58 AM EDT
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FBR Capital analyst, Chris Meekins, believes the news report implying an increased likelihood of a settlement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Anthem (ANTM) may have created confusion among investors about what actually occurred at the August 12 hearing. After reviewing the transcript, he believes that nothing in the hearing stated that a settlement was under active consideration.

The analyst notes that the DOJ could not reach a settlement with Aetna and Humana despite "the complaint that it filed only involving two markets and divestitures being easier to find. The idea that the DOJ will find a settlement in a case with a complaint that involves four markets when the DOJ has made clear the general structure that it would require—and ANTM did not even attempt a proposal that would meet that structure during the investigation stage". He believes this makes a settlement extremely unlikely before the trial date of November 21, 2016.

Market Perform Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) price target of $155.00

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Shares of Anthem closed at $130.19 yesterday.

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