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2011 Top S&P Stocks: No. 20 Aetna

Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 1:24 PM ET

Aetna, with a 36 percent increase in its share price year to date, almost seems like a sure thing in the No. 20 spot in the 2011 top S&P stocks countdown.

Trader Brian Kelly said Monday on “Fast Money” that the challenges facing the insurance giant is one that affects the industry as a whole.

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“Their investment portfolio may not be earning that much, he said. “But now that you’ve taken a lot of the credit risk off the table, you get a strong stock market here. That’s going to be a tailwind for Aetna. Not only that, valuation-wise it still looks compelling.”

The stock traded midday at $41.52. Its 52-week high was $46.01, with a low of $29.80 and EPS of $4.72.

Trader Steve Grasso noted that the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear a challenge to the Affordable Care act in March.

“That could be a headwind, and we know the market is always forward-looking,” he said.

Kelly remained undeterred.

“That’s a long way away,” he said. “I’m going to get into it today.”

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Trader disclosure: On Dec. 5, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders: Grasso owns AKS, AMR, ASTM, AVAV, BA, BAC, D, LIT, MHY, PFE, PRST, S, XLU; Kelly is long IWM, Kelly is long EURO, Kelly is long Italian bonds, Kelly is long KRE, Kelly is long Aussie dollars;

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