Earnings Visibility Keeps Aetna (AET) a Buy

Aetna Inc (NYSE:AET) is ranked as a Buy using Louis Navellier's methodology for investing and his Portfolio Grader stock evaluator. This represents no change from the previous week and is the same ranking AET has had from Portfolio Grader for the last month.

AET is a $50.8 billion in market value constituent of the Health Care Providers & Services GICS industry group where Portfolio Grader's current ranking for AET puts it 15 among the 83 companies in this industry group, placing it among the leaders. AET is ranked in the top quartile of the sector with a ranking of 112 among the 783 companies in the sector of its Health Care sector and 845 in the Portfolio Grader company universe.

Currently, Portfolio Grader ranks the Health Care sector number 10 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it in the bottom quartile of all the GICS sectors. The Health Care Providers & Services industry group is ranked 51 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it below-average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

AET has achieved above-average scores in 7 of the 8 fundamental areas analyzed by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average grades in 1 of the areas used in the ranking of company stocks.

AET's operational scores provide mixed results with rankings for operating margin and earnings growth that are well above average, while the score for sales growth is below average. Scores for visibility of earnings are superior with a ranking for earnings revisions, earnings surprises and earnings momentum that are discernibly better than average. AET's grades for cash flow and return on equity are appreciably better than its industry group average. Based on these fundamental scores, Aetna places in the top decile of the industry group.

Portfolio Grader uses the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score to measure AET's shares from the viewpoint of risk/reward. This proprietary scoring methodology considers the relative value of AET's shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Using this risk/reward calculation, the company currently scores above-average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier's proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being 'strong buy' and F being 'strong sell'. Explore the tool here.

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