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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET)?

The company in question is, Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) currently with a stock price of 119.74 (1.22% today). The market cap for Aetna Inc. is 41658.16, and is in the sector Healthcare, and Health Care Plans industry. The target price for Aetna Inc. is 139.75. Currently Aetna Inc. is trading with a P/E of 17.82, and a forward P/E of 13.37. Average volume for Aetna Inc. is 2967.17 and so far today it is 1639939.

Performance in the last year for Aetna Inc. has been 4.83%. For EPS growth, Aetna Inc. has seen a growth of 19.30%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 9.94%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 10.20% over the last five years and could be 11.98% for the next five years. Aetna Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 4.00%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -6.70%. The 20-day simple moving average is 2.52%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 8.80%.

Since the IPO date for Aetna Inc. on the 1/3/1977, Aetna Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 10.17%. With Aetna Inc. trading at 119.74, the dividend yield is 0.85%, and the EPS is 6.64.

So could Aetna Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 17.82. The PEG is 1.49, P/S is 0.68 and the P/B is at 2.47. The P/cash is 11.06, with P/free cash flow at 11.94.

Aetna Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is *TBA, and the quick ratio is *TBA. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.44, and total debt/equity at 0.46.

In terms of margins, Aetna Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, an operating margin of 7.50% and a profit margin of 3.80%.Payout ratio for Aetna Inc. is 14.90%. Return on assets come to 4.30% with return on investment coming to 11.50%.

Insider ownership for Aetna Inc., is at 0.30% and institutional ownership comes to 95.30%. Outstanding shares are at 352.14. While shares float is 349.18. The float short is currently 4.39%, and short ratio is 5.16.

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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