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Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 40409.07. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Aetna Inc. is 115.05 (with a change from open of -0.20%), this in conjunction with a target price of 137.44. Volume today has so far reached 384714, with an average volume of about 2698.8. The GAP for this stock, is 0.19%.

The P/E ratio is 16.88, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 12.98. The current EPS for Aetna Inc., is 6.82, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 19.30%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 7.15%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Aetna Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 10.02% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 12.06%. Quarter over quarter is 7.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 4.70%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 10.20%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 12.00%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 95.00%. Shares outstanding is 351.2, while shares float is at a value of 349.42. Float short for Aetna Inc. is 1.81% and the short ratio is 2.34.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.13, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.17. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is , and the quick ratio is . The most recent gross margin is and their operating margin is 7.60%. The profit margin is 3.90%.

Aetna Inc. has seen returns on assets of 4.10%, and on investment, 11.50%. Return on equity is 14.50%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 1.4. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.66, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.28 and Price/cash is 2.36, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 10.94.

The simple moving averages are -2.00% and 2.70% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -6.69% and the 52 week low is 25.04%.

Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.87%, with a current price of 115.05. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 14.60%. This is in an industry, Health Care Plans, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Healthcare. Aetna Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Health Care Plans industry means that Aetna Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -0.42%, with performance for the month coming to -4.55%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -4.78%, and for the half year the performance is -1.40%. Volatility for this week is 1.68% and for the month this is 1.38%.

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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