Weekly Investment Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Aetna (AET)

Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Aetna (NYSE: AET) in the last few weeks:

  • 2/2/2018 – Aetna was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/31/2018 – Aetna had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $205.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – Aetna had its price target raised by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG from $200.00 to $208.00. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – Aetna was downgraded by analysts at Citigroup Inc from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating. They now have a $212.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $187.89.
  • 1/30/2018 – Aetna had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen Inc. They now have a $212.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – Aetna had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $212.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/22/2018 – Aetna was upgraded by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $212.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $195.00.
  • 1/3/2018 – Aetna was upgraded by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating. They now have a $136.00 price target on the stock.
  • 12/31/2017 – Aetna was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 12/20/2017 – Aetna was downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating. They now have a $179.00 price target on the stock.

Aetna Inc (AET) traded up $1.79 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $178.18. The stock had a trading volume of 1,449,151 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,864,106. Aetna Inc has a 12-month low of $121.58 and a 12-month high of $194.40. The company has a current ratio of 1.68, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The stock has a market cap of $57,644.25, a PE ratio of 30.99, a P/E/G ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 0.60.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 11th were given a dividend of $0.50 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 10th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.12%. Aetna’s payout ratio is currently 34.78%.

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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