NYSE:AET - Aetna Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$208.05 -1.47 (-0.70 %)
(As of 11/14/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$209.52
Today's Range$207.68 - $210.90
52-Week Range$166.88 - $210.90
Volume2.51 million shs
Average Volume2.17 million shs
Market Capitalization$68.53 billion
P/E Ratio21.10
Dividend Yield0.96%
Aetna Inc. operates as a health care benefits company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. The Health Care segment offers medical, pharmacy benefit management service, dental, behavioral health, and vision plans on an insured and employer-funded basis. It also provides point-of-service, preferred provider organization, health maintenance organization, and indemnity benefit plans, as well as health savings accounts and consumer-directed health plans. In addition, this segment offers Medicare and Medicaid products and services, as well as other medical products, such as medical management and data analytics services, medical stop loss insurance, workers' compensation administrative services, and products that provide access to its provider networks in select geographies. The Group Insurance segment offers life insurance products, including group term life insurance, voluntary spouse and dependent term life insurance, group universal life insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance; disability insurance products; and long-term care insurance products, which provide the benefits to cover the cost of care in private home settings, adult day care, assisted living, or nursing facilities. The Large Case Pensions segment manages various retirement products comprising pension and annuity products primarily for tax-qualified pension plans. The company provides its products and services to employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. Aetna Inc. was founded in 1853 and is based in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Hospital & medical service plans
Sub-IndustryManaged Health Care
Current SymbolNYSE:AET
Previous Symbol


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.42
Current Ratio0.79
Quick Ratio0.79


Trailing P/E Ratio21.10
Forward P/E Ratio18.31
P/E Growth1.77

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$60.54 billion
Price / Sales1.13
Cash Flow$12.3619 per share
Price / Cash16.83
Book Value$56.70 per share
Price / Book3.67


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$9.86
Net Income$1.90 billion
Net Margins5.99%
Return on Equity20.78%
Return on Assets6.22%


Outstanding Shares327,400,000
Market Cap$68.53 billion

Aetna (NYSE:AET) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aetna's stock symbol?

Aetna trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "AET."

How often does Aetna pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Aetna?

Aetna announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, October 24th will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share on Thursday, November 1st. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, October 23rd. View Aetna's Dividend History.

How will Aetna's stock buyback program work?

Aetna announced that its board has approved a stock buyback program on Friday, April 7th 2017, which permits the company to repurchase $4,000,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization permits the company to repurchase up to 98% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company's board believes its shares are undervalued.

How were Aetna's earnings last quarter?

Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October, 30th. The company reported $2.96 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $2.83 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $15.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $15.40 billion. Aetna had a return on equity of 20.78% and a net margin of 5.99%. The firm's revenue was up 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.45 earnings per share. View Aetna's Earnings History.

When is Aetna's next earnings date?

Aetna is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, January 29th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Aetna.

What price target have analysts set for AET?

10 Wall Street analysts have issued 1-year price targets for Aetna's stock. Their forecasts range from $179.00 to $212.00. On average, they expect Aetna's share price to reach $202.20 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 2.8%. View Analyst Price Targets for Aetna.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Aetna?

10 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Aetna in the last year. There are currently 7 hold ratings and 3 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Aetna.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Aetna stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Aetna stock:
  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Shares of Aetna have outperformed the industry's growth in six months. The recent sale of its U.S. Group Life and Disability business will enable the company to focus on its core growth areas. It is on track to be acquired by CVS Health and has announced that it will sell Medicare Part D business. The DoJ's approval takes the deal toward closure, which is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2018. Its revenues suffered a decline in 2017, improved in the first nine months of 2018 but should remain subdued in the coming quarters. Declining membership and rising expenses are some concerns. With respect to third quarter results, Aetna’s earnings of $2.96 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.2% and was up 21% year over year." (11/12/2018)
  • 2. Cantor Fitzgerald analysts commented, ". We reiterate our Neutral rating on AET shares and increase our price target to $204 from $202 previously. Our price target is based on the implied CVS Health (CVS – Not Covered) acquisition value. BMO on Tuesday, October 30, AET reported 3Q18 results. Adjusted EPS were exactly in line with our estimate but nicely above FactSet consensus. Revenue was slightly below our estimate but above consensus. MLR was above our estimate and consensus. Operating expenses offset the increase in MLR, relative to ur estimate. As reminder, the company has not provided 2018 guidance given the pending CVS merger." (10/30/2018)

Has Aetna been receiving favorable news coverage?

News articles about AET stock have been trending somewhat negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Aetna earned a news sentiment score of -2.0 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned press coverage about the company a news buzz of 10.0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company's share price in the next several days.

Who are some of Aetna's key competitors?

Who are Aetna's key executives?

Aetna's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Mark Thomas Bertolini, Chairman & CEO (Age 61)
  • Ms. Karen Sue Lynch, Pres (Age 55)
  • Mr. Shawn Michael Guertin, Exec. VP, CFO & Chief Enterprise Risk Officer (Age 54)
  • Mr. Richard Michael Jelinek, Exec. VP and Head of Enterprise Strategy & Integration (Age 52)
  • Ms. Margaret M. McCarthy, Exec. VP of Operations & Technology (Age 64)

Who are Aetna's major shareholders?

Aetna's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (7.13%), Capital International Investors (3.84%), FMR LLC (2.77%), Capital World Investors (2.30%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.11%) and Janus Henderson Group PLC (1.01%). Company insiders that own Aetna stock include Francis S Soistman Jr, Karen S Lynch, Margaret M Mccarthy, Mark T Bertolini and Shawn M Guertin. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Aetna.

Which major investors are selling Aetna stock?

AET stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Capital World Investors, Abrams Capital Management L.P., OZ Management LP, Deutsche Bank AG, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp, Wells Fargo & Company MN, Eaton Vance Management and State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D. View Insider Buying and Selling for Aetna.

Which major investors are buying Aetna stock?

AET stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Capital International Investors, FMR LLC, Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc., Renaissance Technologies LLC, Laurion Capital Management LP, Credit Suisse AG, DLD Asset Management LP and Water Island Capital LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Aetna.

How do I buy shares of Aetna?

Shares of AET can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Aetna's stock price today?

One share of AET stock can currently be purchased for approximately $208.05.

How big of a company is Aetna?

Aetna has a market capitalization of $68.53 billion and generates $60.54 billion in revenue each year. The company earns $1.90 billion in net income (profit) each year or $9.86 on an earnings per share basis. Aetna employs 47,950 workers across the globe.

What is Aetna's official website?

The official website for Aetna is http://www.aetna.com.

How can I contact Aetna?

Aetna's mailing address is 151 FARMINGTON AVENUE, HARTFORD CT, 06156. The company can be reached via phone at 860-273-0123 or via email at [email protected]

MarketBeat Community Rating for Aetna (NYSE AET)

Community Ranking:  2.9 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  779 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  559 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,338
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Aetna and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe AET will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe AET will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 11/14/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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