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NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAYS
Aetna Inc. - AET - close: 117.94 change: +0.70
Stop Loss: 114.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 2.0 million
Entry on June -- at $---.--
Listed on June 10, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below
Healthcare was big business before Obamacare. Now it's even bigger. AET is the third largest health insurer in the U.S. They added over 950,000 clients thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Naturally it doesn't hurt the healthcare business when the ACA forces you to buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Big insurers like AET are also benefitting form an expanding Medicaid program.
If you are not familiar with AET the company describes itself this way:
"Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates."
Earnings have been steadily improving for AET. They have a habit of beating estimates. Management has raised their guidance the last three quarters in a row. AET's most recent report was April 28th. The company reported its 2015 Q1 earnings were up +17% from a year ago. Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.94 per share on revenues of $15.5 billion. AET delivered $2.39 per share. Revenues were up +8% to $15.09 billion. The number of medical enrollment members rose +4% to 23.7 million.
AET's management raised their 2015 guidance for the second time in a row. They now expect fiscal 2015 earnings in the $7.20-7.40 range compared to analysts' estimates at $7.17.
The stock has been steadily rising thanks to its bullish outlook.
The big insurance stocks surged in late May on M&A rumors. Then on May 29th Humana (HUM) announced they were putting the company up for sale. HUM surged +20% on that one session. AET, Cigna (CI), and Anthem (ANTM) have all been rumored as potential suitors for HUM. Lately Wall Street has been rewarding the acquirer's stock with a rally on any merger news. AET could rally if they turn out to be the buyer.
Shares of AET just recently saw a $5.00 correction fro $120 to $115 and bounced. This rebound looks like a potential entry point. Today's intraday high was $118.53. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $118.75.
Trigger @ $118.75
- Suggested Positions -
Buy the OCT $125 CALL (AET151016C125) current ask $3.80
option price is a current quote and not a suggested entry price.
Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps open more than $1.00 past our suggested entry point.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike