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2 Health Care Stocks Hitting 52-Week Highs: UnitedHealth, Aetna

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of health care companies Aetna (AET - Get Report) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH - Get Report) hit 52-week highs on Monday.

Both stocks got buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.


The health care benefits company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $372.6 million, or $1.02 a share, up from a year-ago profit of $215.6 million, or 53 cents a share.

"Overall, this was another solid quarter for the diversifieds, and we believe guidance for the group appears highly conservative given continued low utilization trends," Oppenheimer analysts wrote in a Feb. 2 report. "We believe Aetna will perform in line with the group, and we reiterate our Perform rating."

Shares of Aetna reached a 52-week high Monday of $46.50. The stock's 52-week low of $33.43 was set on Oct. 4.

Aetna has a forward price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 8.23X; the average for health care providers is 21.09X. For comparison, Express Scripts (ESRX) and Humana (HUM) both have higher forward P/Es of 13.77X and 9.75X respectively.

Of the 20 analysts who cover Aetna, 13 rated it a buy and seven gave it a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Aetna an A+ grade with a buy rating and has a $60.11 price target on the shares. The stock has risen 9.67% year to date.

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