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Morning Fast Movers: 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 51.43 B. Since its IPO date on the 01/03/1977, Aetna Inc., AET performance year to date is 25.21%. Today Aetna Inc., AET has gained 0.00%, with a current price of 155.27.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 94.70%. 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 30.31%. The 52-week high is -0.42%, and the 52-week low is 48.46%. The average volume for Aetna Inc., AET is 0.

With a target price of 155.47, can Aetna Inc., AET reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Aetna Inc., AET. Aetna Inc. has a P/E of 48.19 and a forward P/E of 15.57. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.88. Aetna Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.82 and 3.74 respectively. For P/cash, Aetna Inc. has a value of 13.26, while it is 23.39 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 155.27, 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 12.44%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 10.92% 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.

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