Investors bought shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) on weakness during trading on Monday. $80.11 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $57.31 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $22.80 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Aetna had the 23rd highest net in-flow for the day. Aetna traded down ($2.62) for the day and closed at $117.84

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on AET shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aetna from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Aetna in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Sterne Agee CRT reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Aetna in a research report on Monday, May 16th. Wells Fargo & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Aetna in a research report on Thursday, June 2nd. Finally, FBR & Co reissued a “hold” rating and set a $135.00 price target on shares of Aetna in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $134.81.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $119.36 and a 200 day moving average of $111.85. The firm has a market cap of $41.31 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.75.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $2.30 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.23 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $15.69 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15.46 billion. Aetna’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $2.39 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Aetna Inc. will post $8.05 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, July 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, July 12th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.85%.

In related news, EVP Margaret M. Mccarthy sold 39,169 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.45, for a total transaction of $4,482,892.05. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 56,240 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,436,668. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Mark T. Bertolini sold 33,510 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $114.00, for a total value of $3,820,140.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 496,588 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $56,611,032. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Aetna by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 38,882 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,204,000 after buying an additional 361 shares during the period. Tredje AP fonden boosted its position in Aetna by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 23,271 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,516,000 after buying an additional 365 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in Aetna by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 20,469 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,213,000 after buying an additional 853 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its position in Aetna by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 33,875 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,663,000 after buying an additional 1,121 shares during the period. Finally, Affinity Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in Aetna by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Affinity Investment Advisors LLC now owns 167,992 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,163,000 after buying an additional 1,384 shares during the period.

Aetna Inc is a diversified healthcare benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance and Large Case Pensions. The Health Care segment’s products and services consist of medical, pharmacy benefit management services, dental, behavioral health and vision plans offered on both an insured basis and an employer-funded, or administrative services contact, basis and emerging businesses products and services, such as accountable care solutions (ACS).

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