Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Aetna (AET) Share Price

News headlines about Aetna (NYSE:AET) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aetna earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 44.7301499053938 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

AET has been the topic of several research analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $212.00 price target on shares of Aetna in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Citigroup cut shares of Aetna from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $187.89 to $212.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price target on shares of Aetna from $200.00 to $208.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $212.00 price target on shares of Aetna in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $185.94.

Aetna (AET) traded down $1.75 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $176.77. 1,913,984 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,940,835. Aetna has a 12-month low of $124.83 and a 12-month high of $194.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 1.68. The company has a market cap of $57,790.00, a P/E ratio of 30.74, a PEG ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 0.60.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The company reported $1.25 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.18 by $0.07. Aetna had a net margin of 3.15% and a return on equity of 21.50%. The firm had revenue of $14.74 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.79 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.08 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Aetna will post 10.99 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 11th were issued a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, January 10th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.13%. Aetna’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 34.78%.

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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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