Aetna stock: buy or sell?
November 28th, 2018
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.
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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Aetna stock now:
|New all-time high||Yes|
|New 52 week high||Yes|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Aetna stock a buy?
Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday.Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for AET stock for the last month.
Aetna stock analysis
After marking all time highs , Aetna remained steady 0.33% to $212.70.
Shares of Aetna closed at $212.70 after reaching a new all time high ($213.36) and remained constant a slightly fine 0.33%. AET shows a sign of strength in the short-term after finally breaking out above $210.90 and marking a new rising bottom. Since price and SMA50d lines crossed up , AET climbed $13.37 (6.71%).
Aetna touched new all time highs back again this week, setting highs to $213.36. Shares ended at $212.70 and jumped 3.57% during the week. Early November AET climbed a wonderful 5.33% in just one week.
Aetna stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up early April, AET climbed $45.05 (26.87%). Since mid June 2018 when SMA10w and SMA20w crossed up, AET price gained $32.82 per share (18.25%).
Aetna stock price history
Aetna stock went public on June 18th, 2012 with a price of $37.891. Since then, AET stock surged a 461.40%, with an average of 65.90% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in Aetna stock in 2012, it would worth $4,614.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
Aetna stock historical price chart
AET stock reached all-time highs with a price of $213.36.
Aetna stock price targetHow much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not found any price forecast for Aetna stock by any trusted analyst.
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per Share, Aetna presented its financial report, posting a slightly good growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Analyst were expecting $2.84 per share, but Aetna posted $2.96. Aetna is reporting earnings for 2018-Q4 . We don't currently have any forecast for next quarter EPS ratio. Keep tuned in the coming weeks to learn about AET's EPS estimate.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2017, Aetna annual turnover slightly fell an awful -4.15% to $60,535.00 million USD from $63,155.00 marked in 2016. Instead, its income margin (compared to sales) stayed stable to 3.15%, that is $1,904.00 million. To have an updated picture of the financial situation of Aetna, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2018-Q3 that can be compared to 2017 fiscal year results. Annual Aetna TTM sales up to September 2018 were $61,233.00 and earnings were $3,665.00 M dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Aetna business evolution since December 2017: Annual sales up to September, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a tiny 1.15%. Regarding profit margin, Aetna inched 2.84% to 3.15%
|2013||$47,330 M||-||$1,910 M4.0%||-|
|2014||$58,003 M||22.55%||$2,041 M3.5%||6.85%|
|2015||$60,337 M||4.02%||$2,390 M4.0%||17.12%|
|2016||$63,155 M||4.67%||$2,271 M3.6%||-4.99%|
|2017||$60,535 M||-4.15%||$1,904 M3.1%||-16.16%|
|TTM||$61,233 M||1.15%||$3,665 M6.0%||92.49%|
Quarterly financial resultsAetna reported $15,484.00 M in revenues for 2018-Q3, a -0.49% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $1,000.00 million with a profit margin of 6.46%. Profit margin depreciated a -1.33% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 7.79%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Aetna sales marked a good gain and grew a 3.27%.
|2016-Q4||$15,750 M||-||$139 M0.9%||-|
|2017-Q1||$15,170 M||-3.68%||$-381 M-2.5%||-374.10%|
|2017-Q2||$15,520 M||2.31%||$1,200 M7.7%||-414.96%|
|2017-Q3||$14,994 M||-3.39%||$838 M5.6%||-30.17%|
|2017-Q4||$14,853 M||-0.94%||$244 M1.6%||-70.88%|
|2018-Q1||$15,335 M||3.25%||$1,209 M7.9%||395.49%|
|2018-Q2||$15,561 M||1.47%||$1,212 M7.8%||0.25%|
|2018-Q3||$15,484 M||-0.49%||$1,000 M6.5%||-17.49%|
Aetna ownershipWhen you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Aetna, of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Aetna:
|Market cap||$0.0 M|
|Total shares||0.0 M|
|Float shares||0.0 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||0.0%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.0%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%|
|Wednesday, November 28th, 2018|
|Day range||$211.79 - $213.36|
|Average true range||$2.52|
|50d mov avg||$203.15|
|100d mov avg||$198.83|
|200d mov avg||$187.63|
Aetna performancePerformance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. For Aetna, the comparison is made against .
Aetna competitorsUnfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Aetna competitor. This doesn't mean Aetna does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.
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