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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 41326.49. Since its IPO date on the 1/3/1977, Aetna Inc., AET performance year to date is 9.74%. Today Aetna Inc., AET has gained -0.27%, with a current price of 117.52.

Ownership of the company is 0.30% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 95.30%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 14.90%. Return of assets are at 4.30%, 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 0.44. While Total debt/equity is 0.46. With a profit margin of 3.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of *TBA, and operating margin of 7.50%. 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 8.11%. The 52-week high is -5.48%, and the 52-week low is 27.73%. The average volume for Aetna Inc., AET is 1097577.

With a target price of 139.5, can Aetna Inc., AET reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Aetna Inc., AET. Aetna Inc. has a P/E of 17.75 and a forward P/E of 13.31. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 1.48. Aetna Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 0.68 and 2.46 respectively. For P/cash, Aetna Inc. has a value of 10.97, while it is 11.84 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 117.52, Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.85%. We see a return on equity of 14.60%.

Looking more long-term Aetna Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 11.98%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 9.96% 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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