Aetna stock: buy or sell?

AET stock price: $212.70 0.33% At close on November 28th, 2018

Updated on:
November 28th, 2018


Aetna ended at $212.70 after topping to a new all time high ($213.36) and remained steady a slightly fine 0.33%. Counting November 28th, 2018, it's been 5 climbing sessions in a row, gaining $8.70 or 4.19%.

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.

Should I buy Aetna stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Aetna stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

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

Daily outlook

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%).

AET stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

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%).

AET stock chart (weekly)

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 target

How 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.
AET earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 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%

AET annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$47,330 M-$1,910 M4.0%-
2014$58,003 M22.55%$2,041 M3.5%6.85%
2015$60,337 M4.02%$2,390 M4.0%17.12%
2016$63,155 M4.67%$2,271 M3.6%-4.99%
2017$60,535 M-4.15%$1,904 M3.1%-16.16%
TTM $61,233 M1.15%$3,665 M6.0%92.49%

Quarterly financial results

Aetna 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%.
AET quarterly Sales and Income evolution
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 M2.31%$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 M3.25%$1,209 M7.9%395.49%
2018-Q2$15,561 M1.47%$1,212 M7.8%0.25%
2018-Q3$15,484 M-0.49%$1,000 M6.5%-17.49%

Aetna ownership

When 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 shares0.0 M
Float shares0.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)0.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.0%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Aetna summary

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Day range$211.79 - $213.36
Previous close$212.00
Session gain0.33%
Average true range$2.52
50d mov avg$203.15
100d mov avg$198.83
200d mov avg$187.63
Daily patternlb02c
Weekly pattern lt06a

Aetna performance

Performance 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 competitors

Unfortunately, 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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