Barclays Maintains an 'Overweight' on Aetna (AET) After Hosting Meeting with Management

May 15, 2012 3:06 PM EDT
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Barclays maintains an 'Overweight' on Aetna (NYSE: AET) price target of $59.00.

Analyst, Joshua R. Raskin, said, "Since it reported first quarter 2012 earnings on April 26, 2012, shares of AET have declined 15.9% (with the broader market down 3.8%). Clearly, the quarter was not well received. The company has also had the chance to meet with several groups of investors over the past two weeks and is presenting at a competitor conference this week. After spending the day with the company, we concluded that investors simply won't gain comfort in the year until there is a better read on 2Q12 results."

Raskin continues to be bullish on shares, confident in assets, acceleration in medical costs, and current valuation of AET is under 8x 2013 EPS estimates.

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Shares of Aetna closed at $41.53 yesterday.

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