Thursday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines with Jane King.

Anthem says this year is going as planned

Indianapolis-based anthem insurance reaffirmed that this year is going as planned despite uncertainty from the pandemic.

In early February, Anthem announced an agreement to acquire InnovaCare Health.

Simply wall St. analysts says they like that Anthem is reinvesting in growing its business.

Walmart says it will support U.S. manufacturers

Walmart says it will support U.S. manufacturers with $350 billion of added business.

The retailer is launching a program to bring together stakeholders, such as suppliers and government officials, to discuss how to eliminate barriers and increase U.S. manufacturing.

It also says the decision will benefit the environment and the U.S. economy by sourcing goods closer to customers.

Dollar Tree has plans for 600 new stores

Dollar Tree will open 600 new stores this year, continuing dollar store chains’ torrid growth across the United States.

Dollar stores have surged as economically-strapped customers seek out bargains on food, household essentials and other items.

The company, which also owns the Family Dollar chain, will open 400 Dollar Tree stores and 200 Family Dollar stores this year.

Paramount+ launches today

Yet another streaming service launches in the U.S. today.

Paramount+ costs $6 a month for the limited commercials plan, or $10 a month for no commercials.

Available TV channels include MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and movies like Mission: Impossible.

Price of coffee could go up

Coffee processors in the United States are reporting significant cost increases in their operations, mostly related to transportation, and expect to raise retail prices soon.

Last week, transportation backlogs helped push coffee prices to their highest in more than a year.