Aetna Inc. (AET) — Trending Stock Alert

Judith Bessette
Agosto 12, 2017

PGGM Investments reduced its stake in shares of Aetna Inc. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.73% of the company's stock. IHT Wealth Management LLC's holdings in Aetna were worth $170,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. (AET) stock price comparison to its moving averages, shares of company spotted the move of -0.18% isolated from the 50-day moving average and derived distance of -1.98% away from 20-day moving average in the most recent session. Finally, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America raised its stake in shares of Aetna by 0.7% in the first quarter.

A stock rating usually tells investors how well a stock's market value relates to what analysts think is a fair value for the stock, based on an independent evaluation of the company. Tocqueville Asset Management Lp owns 0.01% invested in Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) for 5,320 shares. Horan Capital Management purchased a new position in Aetna during the first quarter worth $157,000. Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America now owns 1,353 shares of the company's stock valued at $173,000 after buying an additional 9 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Aetna by 0.6% in the first quarter. Rehmann Capital Advisory Group now owns 2,335 shares of the company's stock valued at $298,000 after buying an additional 25 shares during the period. Geneva Advisors LLC now owns 2,588 shares of the company's stock valued at $330,000 after buying an additional 25 shares during the period. Raymond James Services has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET). Moreover, Alpine Woods Cap Investors Ltd Liability Company has 0.05% invested in Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET). The stock declined 1.20% or $1.87 reaching $153.71 per share. Valuation of the business is $51.61 B, a PE book ratio of 47.45 along with a stock beta of 0.54. The firm's 50 day moving average is $154.26 and its 200-day moving average is $139.02. Aetna has a 52 week low of $104.59 and a 52 week high of $161.69.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) previously issued its earnings report on Early Thur, Aug 3rd. The hedge fund run by Matthew Mark held 449,200 shares of the medical specialities company at the end of 2016Q4, valued at $55.71 million, up from 245,200 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The firm had revenue of $15.52 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $15.34 billion. Aetna had a return on equity of 17.75% and a net margin of 1.84%. Aetna's quarterly revenue was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $2.21 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Aetna Inc. will post $9.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 28th. The ex-dividend date was Tue, Jul 11th. This dividend represents a yield of $1.29. Aetna's payout ratio is 62.31%.

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Several research analysts recently commented on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price objective on shares of Aetna from $144.00 to $157.00 and gave the company a "hold" rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed an "overweight" rating and issued a $175.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Aetna in a research note on Wednesday. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on Aetna from $147.00 to $162.00 and gave the company an "outperform" rating in a research report on Friday, June 9th. BidaskClub downgraded Aetna from a "buy" recommendation to a "hold" recommendation in a analysis report on Mon, Jul 31st. Eight research experts recommended the company shares with a hold recommendation and seventeen have issued a buy recommendation to the firms shares. the share has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price objective of $157.09. RBC Capital Markets has "Buy" rating and $16200 target. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.79, for a total value of $14,578,382.13. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 659,888 shares in the company, valued at approximately $92,905,631.52. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Margaret M. Mccarthy sold 27,028 shares of Aetna stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.23, for a total value of $4,033,388.44. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 33,563 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,008,606.49. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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