NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Cigna Corp (CI) were climbing, higher by 0.33% to $163.18 on heavy volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, after analysts at Leerink raised their price target to $175 from $160 this morning.
The firm upped its target, saying it believes a takeover by Anthem (ANTM) is likely.
Analysts at the firm said the deal value may be increased to $190 per share for Cigna.
Leerink maintained its "outperform" rating.
About 3.32 million shares of Cigna have exchanged hands as of 12:43 p.m. ET today, compared to its average daily volume of about 2.85 million shares a day.
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna is a health services company that offers medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance and related products and services.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CIGNA CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CIGNA CORP (CI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: