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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Aetna Inc., AET

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., AET  has a market cap of 46329.33. Since its IPO date on the 1/3/1977, Aetna Inc., AET performance year to date is 23.22%. Today Aetna Inc., AET has gained -0.47%, with a current price of 131.41.

Ownership of the company is 0.20% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 91.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 14.30%. Return of assets are at 3.90%, with return on investment at 11.50%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Aetna Inc., AET is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.1. While Total debt/equity is 1.13. With a profit margin of 3.90%, this is combined with a gross margin of *TBA, and operating margin of 7.70%. 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 19.30%. A performance for the year of 29.66%. The 52-week high is -0.88%, and the 52-week low is 43.14%. The average volume for Aetna Inc., AET is 363201.

With a target price of 135.47, can Aetna Inc., AET reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Aetna Inc., AET. Aetna Inc. has a P/E of 19.05 and a forward P/E of 15.05. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.62. Aetna Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.74 and 2.54 respectively. For P/cash, Aetna Inc. has a value of 2.43, while it is 9.07 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 131.41, Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.76%. We see a return on equity of 14.20%.

Looking more long-term Aetna Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 11.73%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 9.38% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 19.30% for this year and for the last five years a 10.20% growth has been seen.

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