Aetna (NYSE:AET) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media coverage about Aetna (NYSE:AET) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aetna earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 44.1770057126005 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Aetna (AET) traded up $1.54 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $189.34. 2,576,400 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,897,514. The firm has a market capitalization of $61,720.00, a PE ratio of 35.00, a P/E/G ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.61. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. Aetna has a 12-month low of $116.04 and a 12-month high of $192.37.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $2.45 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.06 by $0.39. The firm had revenue of $14.99 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $15.12 billion. Aetna had a net margin of 2.93% and a return on equity of 21.84%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $2.07 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Aetna will post 9.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 11th will be paid a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.06%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 10th. Aetna’s dividend payout ratio is presently 36.97%.

AET has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $174.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. ValuEngine raised shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Piper Jaffray Companies raised shares of Aetna from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $136.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Argus downgraded shares of Aetna from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $185.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Aetna from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $179.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Eleven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Aetna currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $175.09.

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About Aetna

Aetna Inc is a diversified healthcare benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance and Large Case Pensions. It offers a range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, medical management capabilities, Medicaid healthcare management services, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology (HIT) products and services.

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