Is Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) a Bargain? Update on The Stock

Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) moved -1.05% from the recent close and currently pricing at $171.20.  There has been some talk amongst investors regarding this name and is on many “cheap” stock watchlists.  Cheap that is in terms of price, but what about value?

Here we’ll take a quick glance at how the stock price is currently trading in relation to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) shares have been seen trading 1.38% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by 5.35%. Using a broader approach, shares have been trading 16.69% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, company stock is -7.45% off of the 50 day high and 14.37% away from the 50 day low price.

In terms of performance, shares of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) are 39.52% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are -2.22%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at 13.04%. For the quarter, performance is at 11.08%. During the past six months, Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET)’s stock has been 21.97% and 45.05% for the last 12 months.

Investors are constantly attempting to find the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task. Many sharp investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles.

This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.

RSI and P/E

Aetna Inc.’s shares may have great momentum, but how has it been performing relative to the market?  The stock’s price is 171.20 and their relative strength index (RSI) stands at 54.38.  RSI is a technical oscillator that shows price strength by comparing upward and downward movements.  It indicates oversold and overbought price levels for a stock.  The price/sales ratio is 0.93.  This reflects the applied to sales by the market. P/S is calculated by dividing the closing price of the share by their dollar-sales value.   

Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET)’s P/E is 32.01.  P/E is a valuation ratio of a given company’s current stock price as compared to its earnings.  A low P/E value suggests a stock is cheap as compared to earnings.  For example, a P/E value of 20 means that the price equals the total of 20-year earnings.  The average level is always different across the market and P/E must be compared per sector.  Aetna Inc. is in the Healthcare.  Their PEG, the ratio used to determine a stock’s value while taking into account the earnings’ growth, is 3.00.