AFLAC (AFL) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AFLAC earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 42.7514149552899 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) traded down $6.75 on Friday, hitting $84.94. The stock had a trading volume of 13,790,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,680,000. AFLAC has a 1 year low of $66.50 and a 1 year high of $91.73. The company has a quick ratio of 0.07, a current ratio of 0.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,390.00, a P/E ratio of 12.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.62 and a beta of 1.02.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $1.70 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.63 by $0.07. AFLAC had a return on equity of 12.87% and a net margin of 12.49%. The firm had revenue of $5.51 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.48 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.74 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that AFLAC will post 6.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on AFL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised AFLAC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $82.00 price objective on shares of AFLAC in a report on Thursday, September 28th. B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of AFLAC in a report on Monday, November 6th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on AFLAC in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $71.00 price objective on shares of AFLAC in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. AFLAC presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $80.29.

In other AFLAC news, COO Masatoshi Koide sold 6,250 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.00, for a total transaction of $550,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 25,037 shares in the company, valued at $2,203,256. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Audrey B. Tillman sold 310 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.57, for a total value of $25,906.70. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 41,937 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,504,675.09. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 22,657 shares of company stock worth $1,988,685 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

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AFLAC Company Profile

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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