Media stories about Aflac (NYSE:AFL) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aflac earned a daily sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 79 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Wal-Mart sells first yen bond in 7 years (gulfnews.com)
- Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Lowered to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Wal-Mart Sells First Yen Bonds in 7 Years (bloomberg.com)
- Rich dividends Stocks are Desirable Stocks For Investors:: Aflac Incorporated (AFL) ,AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (AXS) – Voice Of Analysts (analystsbuzz.com)
- QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) Shares Dip Under Moving Averages (nolopodrasdejardever.com)
AFL has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Aflac from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th. J P Morgan Chase & Co upped their target price on shares of Aflac from $75.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, April 3rd. Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Aflac from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $75.00 to $78.00 in a report on Thursday, April 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of Aflac from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $80.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, April 18th. Finally, Vetr upgraded shares of Aflac from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.50 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $75.55.
Aflac (AFL) opened at 77.98 on Monday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $76.01 and its 200-day moving average is $72.67. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.68 and a beta of 0.99. Aflac has a 52-week low of $66.50 and a 52-week high of $79.86.
Aflac (NYSE:AFL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The financial services provider reported $1.67 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.62 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $5.31 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.40 billion. Aflac had a return on equity of 12.82% and a net margin of 11.24%. The company’s revenue was down 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.74 EPS. Analysts predict that Aflac will post $6.52 earnings per share for the current year.
In other news, insider Paul S. Amos II sold 222,889 shares of Aflac stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.40, for a total value of $17,251,608.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 329,540 shares in the company, valued at approximately $25,506,396. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Karole Lloyd bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 12th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $77.01 per share, with a total value of $77,010.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 7,253 shares in the company, valued at approximately $558,553.53. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 236,703 shares of company stock worth $18,328,514 over the last 90 days. 3.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The Company is involved in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). The Company’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S.
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