National Pension Service lessened its position in shares of Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) by 2.0% during the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 297,019 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5,926 shares during the quarter. National Pension Service’s holdings in Aetna were worth $53,579,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. FMR LLC raised its position in Aetna by 73.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 13,736,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,085,659,000 after purchasing an additional 5,833,567 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its position in Aetna by 9,446.2% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 4,328,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $657,255,000 after purchasing an additional 4,283,553 shares during the period. Capital World Investors raised its position in Aetna by 8.9% in the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 20,769,004 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,153,358,000 after purchasing an additional 1,688,767 shares during the period. Orbimed Advisors LLC raised its position in Aetna by 57.3% in the third quarter. Orbimed Advisors LLC now owns 1,396,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $222,057,000 after purchasing an additional 508,600 shares during the period. Finally, Samlyn Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Aetna in the second quarter valued at approximately $77,170,000. 87.69% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Aetna Inc (AET) opened at $184.64 on Wednesday. Aetna Inc has a 12-month low of $116.04 and a 12-month high of $192.37. 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 capitalization of $60,080.94, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.19, a PEG ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.61.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $2.45 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.06 by $0.39. Aetna had a return on equity of 21.84% and a net margin of 2.93%. The business had revenue of $14.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.12 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $2.07 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Aetna Inc will post 9.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 11th will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.08%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 10th. Aetna’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.04%.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on AET. Zacks Investment Research lowered Aetna from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies raised Aetna from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $136.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $175.00 target price on shares of Aetna in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Citigroup boosted their target price on Aetna from $183.00 to $197.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Twelve investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Aetna presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price 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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