NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Aetna (NYSE: AET) is tomorrow, April 10, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $48.89 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%. The average volume for Aetna has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Aetna has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Aetna Inc. operates as a diversified health care benefits company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, above the average health services industry P/E ratio of nine and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Aetna as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Aetna Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.