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Morning Stock Stories: Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET)

With a market cap of 52.16 B, Aetna Inc. has a large market cap size. Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 01/03/1977. Aetna Inc. is in the Health Care Plans industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Aetna Inc., is 2410.52, and so far today it has a volume of 1561603. Performance year to date since the 01/03/1977 is 22.35%.

To help you determine whether Aetna Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 47.09 and forward P/E is 15.23. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Aetna Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.92. P/S ratio is 0.83 and the P/B ratio is 3.66. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 13.45 and 23.72 respectively.

At the current price Aetna Inc. is trading at, 151.73 (0.76% today), Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.32%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 30.70%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 3.22, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 10.78% after growing -5.50% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -153.20%, and -3.40% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 343.8, and the number of shares float is 330.34. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.20%, and institutional ownership is at 94.90%. The float short is 2.84%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.89. Management has seen a return on assets of 1.70%, and also a return on investment of 7.40%.

The ability for Aetna Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 0.57 and total debt/equity is 0.66. In terms of margins, Aetna Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 4.40%, and Aetna Inc. has a profit margin of 1.80%.

The 52 week high is 0.49%, with 45.07% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.35% and the 200 day simple moving average is 20.15%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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