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Aetna Inc. Message Board

  • c78596998785 c78596998785 Mar 1, 2014 8:01 AM Flag

    1 Billion added to buybacks... how about

    quadrupling the dividend. Learn from what caused the initial move up in the stock price... having this stock pay a 3.7% dividend would only cost a $108 million, yet they add 1 Billion to the 388 million still available for buybacks. Enough for a decade of dividends. I think a 3.7% yield would attract a significant number of new holders and move the stock far more than the buyback...

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    • Nah...I will take the buybacks. No taxes to pay on dividends. It just takes more patience to realize the gain. Besides they are clearly optimistic about their shares and would rather keep them lower to buy them up at a better price. In due time this comes back to us.
      On another note, I am a physician. Aetna is gonna do great. They are well run and the hospitals they are negotiating with are bloated basket cases. Aetna has been successfully negotiating lower rates. In the next 10 years you will see a ton of hospital bankruptcies. In the aftermath, you will see hospitals negotiate lower rates with supply companies who currently have huge margins. These savings will get passed to Aetna.

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