Aetna (AET) Receiving Somewhat Negative News Coverage, Study Finds

Media headlines about Aetna (NYSE:AET) have been trending somewhat negative on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 coverage optimism score of -0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 42.9272817820881 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Aetna (NYSE AET) traded up $2.31 on Friday, hitting $187.80. The stock had a trading volume of 3,419,784 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,013,010. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.53. The firm has a market cap of $60,501.70, a P/E ratio of 34.78, a PEG ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 0.61. Aetna has a 12 month low of $116.04 and a 12 month high of $192.37.

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

The company 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 $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 10th. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.06%. Aetna’s dividend payout ratio is presently 37.04%.

AET has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $175.00 price target on shares of Aetna in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Citigroup increased their price target on Aetna from $183.00 to $197.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on Aetna from $175.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Aetna from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $187.00 price target on shares of Aetna in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Aetna has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $172.64.

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Aetna Company Profile

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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