Aetna Inc. (AET) stock moves up, “Overweight” rating reiterated by Cantor Fitzgerald Analysts

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) shares rose on Tuesday February 14 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Tuesday. The main three benchmarks retreated after touching the latest in a series of record highs on Monday, with the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% down two points, or 0.1%, to 2,326.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% fell 34 points, or 0.2%, to 20,381. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.13% shed eight points, or 0.1%, to 5,756.

Analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated an Overweight rating on shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) in a reserach note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Overweight on the stock, the company has a 52-week high of $136.50. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company in recent days, and Aetna Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $139.56, above the opening price of $121.61, a difference of 11.35 percent. Share prices sometimes get a boost to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Yesterday Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) shares last traded at $122.96, which is a jump of $0.91 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $121.61, they ranged from $121.60 and $123.03 throughout the day.

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) currently has a market cap of 43.25B.

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) Average Daily Trading Volume

501,663 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 69 percent below the average, out of a total float 342,077,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for short periods will not mean much will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) have ranged from $99.62 – 136.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $121.64 and 200-day MA of $119.14. Today’s last price is 9.92%% under the 52 week high of $136.50.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors identify companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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