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Dominating the Market Today: Aetna Inc., (AET)

Friday February 24th 2017: Aetna Inc., AET is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Health Care Plans in the sector of Healthcare. Based in USA, Aetna Inc., AETĀ  has a market cap of 51.62 B. Since its IPO date on the 01/03/1977, Aetna Inc., AET performance year to date is 24.67%. Today Aetna Inc., AET has gained 0.34%, with a current price of 155.12.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 94.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 30.70%. Return of assets are at 1.70%, with return on investment at 7.40%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Aetna Inc., AET is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.57. While Total debt/equity is 0.66. With a profit margin of 1.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of *TBA, and operating margin of 4.40%. Aetna Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of *TBA, while the quick ratio is *TBA.

For the last year Aetna Inc., AET has seen a EPS growth of -5.50%. A performance for the year of 33.85%. The 52-week high is -0.02%, and the 52-week low is 48.31%. The average volume for Aetna Inc., AET is 616829.

With a target price of 153.85, can Aetna Inc., AET reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Aetna Inc., AET. Aetna Inc. has a P/E of 47.98 and a forward P/E of 15.51. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.99. Aetna Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.82 and 3.73 respectively. For P/cash, Aetna Inc. has a value of 13.31, while it is 23.47 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 155.12, Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.29%. We see a return on equity of 6.80%.

Looking more long-term Aetna Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 12.02%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.88% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -5.50% for this year and for the last five years a 4.20% growth has been seen.

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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