News coverage about Aetna (NYSE:AET) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aetna earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 45.0700751215353 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

AET has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $174.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Aetna from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $136.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Argus cut shares of Aetna from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $185.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut shares of Aetna from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $179.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Twelve analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the stock. Aetna presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $172.64.

Aetna (AET) traded down $1.16 on Monday, reaching $184.65. 2,049,273 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,863,740. Aetna has a 12 month low of $116.04 and a 12 month high of $192.37. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The stock has a market cap of $60,310.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.13, a PEG ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 0.61.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders 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 yield of 1.08%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 10th. Aetna’s dividend payout ratio is presently 36.97%.

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About Aetna

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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