Aetna stock: buy or sell?

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

Updated on:
November 28th, 2018


Aetna stayed constant 0.33% to $212.70 after topping to all time highs . With November 28th, 2018, it's been 5 climbing days in a row, soaring $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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These 2 buy setups work for Aetna stock right 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?

Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for AET stock for the last month.

Aetna stock analysis

Daily outlook

After several days of continuous hikes in past weeks, Aetna stayed constant 0.33% to $212.70.

After reaching all time highs , Aetna stayed steady 0.33% to $212.70. AET shows a sign of strength in the short-term after finally breaking out above $210.90 and marking a new rising bottom. AET price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. , AET hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $212.00 recorded . New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

AET stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Aetna soared 3.57% late November 2018 and set a new all time high at $213.36. Early November AET boosted a cool 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. Late October 2018 AET price bounced up over the SMA of 20 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides.

AET stock chart (weekly)

Aetna stock price history

Aetna IPO was on January 4th, 2018 at $181.87 per share1. Since then, AET stock grew a 17.00%, with an average of 8.50% per year. If you had invested right after AET's IPO a $1,000 in Aetna stock in 2018, it would worth $170.00 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

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we have not detected 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 tiny climb 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 revenues declined a fateful -4.15% to $60,535.00 M dollars from $63,155.00 marked in 2016. Slightly better, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) remained 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 income was $3,665.00 million dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Aetna business evolution since December 2017: Annual turnover up to September, compared to lastest yearly report, gained a tiny 1.15%. On the other hand, profit margin (net income/sales) appreciated at 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 posted $15,484.00 million in sales 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 decreased a -1.33% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 7.79%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Aetna sales marked a good increase and stepped up 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 invest in shares of a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Aetna shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a of all shares.

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$203.39
100d mov avg$199.24
200d mov avg$0.00
Daily patternlb02c
Weekly pattern lt06a

Aetna performance

To better understand Aetna performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Aetna to :

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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