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Is Aetna Inc.(NYSE: AET), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/3/1977. Aetna Inc. is in the Health Care Plans industry and Healthcare sector. Average volume for Aetna Inc., is 2430.95, and so far today it has a volume of 1468100. Performance year to date since the 1/3/1977 is 6.15%.

To help you determine whether Aetna Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 16.72 and forward P/E is 12.85. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Aetna Inc. has a value for PEG of 1.39. P/S ratio is 0.65 and the P/B ratio is 2.26. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 2.33 and 10.79 respectively.

At the current price Aetna Inc. is trading at, 113.99 (-0.86% today), Aetna Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.88%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 14.60%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 6.82, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 10.24% after growing 19.30% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 7.40%, and 4.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 349.52, and the number of shares float is 349.42. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.20%, and institutional ownership is at 94.90%. The float short is 1.82%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.61. Management has seen a return on assets of 4.10%, and also a return on investment of 11.50%.

The ability for Aetna Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 1.13 and total debt/equity is 1.17. In terms of margins, Aetna Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, with its operating margin at 7.60%, and Aetna Inc. has a profit margin of 3.90%.

The 52 week high is -7.55%, with 23.89% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -2.42% and the 200 day simple moving average is 1.14%.

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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