Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Aetna (AET) Stock Price

News headlines about Aetna (NYSE:AET) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aetna earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.034472907977 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Aetna stock traded down $0.56 on Thursday, reaching $169.45. 1,680,657 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,506,126. The company has a quick ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 0.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The firm has a market capitalization of $56,113.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.47, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.65. Aetna has a 52-week low of $124.84 and a 52-week high of $194.40.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The company reported $1.25 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.18 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $14.74 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.79 billion. Aetna had a net margin of 3.15% and a return on equity of 21.50%. Aetna’s revenue was down 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.08 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that Aetna will post 11.06 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 12th will be issued a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, April 11th. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.18%. Aetna’s payout ratio is 34.78%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on AET. Deutsche Bank raised shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $195.00 to $212.00 in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $212.00 target price on shares of Aetna in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their target price 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. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $205.00 target price on shares of Aetna in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and set a $212.00 target price on shares of Aetna in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $189.50.

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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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