Critical Comparison: Aetna Inc. (AET) vs. Centene Corporation

The total number of shares traded in the last 90-day period is 107,020.

Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) institutional sentiment increased to 0.91 in Q3 2017. It has outperformed by 12.14% the S&P500. About 2.41 million shares traded. The institutional investor held 11,300 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $970,000, up from 6,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Motco who had been investing in Dominion Energy Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $49.69 billion market cap company.

The stock increased 0.87% or $0.45 during the last trading session, reaching $52.3.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. It has underperformed by 5.82% the S&P500. Therefore 50% are positive. Pembina Pipeline had 8 analyst reports since August 10, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. (NYSE:AET) has "Peer Perform" rating given on Thursday, July 21 by Wolfe Research. Finally, RBC Capital Markets reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $145.00 target price on shares of Aetna in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. SunTrust maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Friday, October 27 report. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Thursday, June 16 by Bernstein. As per Friday, November 10, the company rating was upgraded by Macquarie Research. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, August 26 by JP Morgan. The business's revenue for the quarter was down 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Aetna Inc will post 9.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

AET's debt-to-equity ratio is 0.65 versus a D/E of 0.71 for CNC.

Tpg-Axon Management Lp, which manages about $5.78 billion and $120.05M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Centene Corp Del (NYSE:CNC) by 24,500 shares to 73,800 shares, valued at $7.14M in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.91 in 2017 Q3. The stock has a market capitalization of $60,070.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 0.61. 30 funds opened positions while 67 raised stakes. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aetna from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $174.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 12th. (NYSE:AET). Atlantic Tru Group Incorporated holds 0.67% or 941,083 shares in its portfolio. Tarbox Family Office Inc holds 0.01% or 181 shares in its portfolio. The investor is now holding $3.62 million shares due in part to a decrease of 923798 new shares in their portfolio.

(NYSE:AET). New York-based New York State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0.2% in Aetna Inc. Comml Bank reported 0% of its portfolio in Aetna Inc. Clearbridge Invests Llc stated it has 0.13% in Aetna Inc. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with "Hold" on Monday, August 7. AET's shares are therefore the less volatile of the two stocks. Verition Fund Ltd Co holds 0.02% or 1,283 shares in its portfolio. Somerset invested in 0.01% or 200 shares. Tower Capital Limited Liability (Trc) has invested 0% in I.D. Systems, Inc. (NYSE:AET). Etrade Capital Mgmt Ltd Llc has invested 0.05% in Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). Alphamark Advisors Llc owns 375 shares.

Aetna (NYSE:AET) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. Invesco Limited holds 0.02% of its portfolio in The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) for 1.24M shares. AET's profit will be $384.88M for 39.03 P/E if the $1.18 EPS becomes a reality. Citigroup Inc. had 108 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Monday, December 18 by Wells Fargo. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, September 23 by Evercore. The rating was upgraded by Raymond James on Friday, November 3 to "Outperform". As per Wednesday, August 5, the company rating was maintained by Oppenheimer. On Thursday, August 3 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Buy". The firm has "Equal-Weight" rating by Morgan Stanley given on Wednesday, December 20.

Ratings analysis reveals 42% of Aetna's analysts are positive. Finally, Jefferies Group increased their target price on Aetna from $165.00 to $185.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st.

Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 12 insider sales for $93.68 million activity. Moreover, Honeywell Interest has 1.08% invested in Aetna Inc.

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