News coverage about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AFLAC earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.2323180300615 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- Barclays Lowers AFLAC (AFL) Price Target to $45.00 (americanbankingnews.com)
- Notable Active Runners: Aflac Incorporated, (NYSE: AFL), Laredo Petroleum, Inc., (NYSE: LPI) – StocksNewsPro (press release) (stocksnewspro.com)
- Reeling Stocks: FireEye, Inc., (NASDAQ: FEYE), Aflac Incorporated, (NYSE: AFL); – TNN (tradingnewsnow.com)
- Why AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) Split Their Stock – ValueWalk (valuewalk.com)
- ValuEngine Downgrades AFLAC (AFL) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
AFLAC stock opened at $45.37 on Thursday. AFLAC has a 12 month low of $35.32 and a 12 month high of $45.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22, a current ratio of 0.05 and a quick ratio of 0.05. The company has a market capitalization of $35,406.60, a PE ratio of 13.36, a PEG ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.96.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 21st were issued a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 20th. AFLAC’s payout ratio is currently 18.89%.
AFL has been the topic of several recent research reports. Janney Montgomery Scott reissued a “buy” rating on shares of AFLAC in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $45.00 target price (up from $42.00) on shares of AFLAC in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded AFLAC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine upgraded AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Citigroup upgraded AFLAC to a “strong-buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $44.00 to $50.00 in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.90.
In related news, Director Joseph L. Moskowitz acquired 550 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $89.13 per share, for a total transaction of $49,021.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,263 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $825,611.19. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, COO Masatoshi Koide sold 6,250 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.00, for a total transaction of $550,000.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 25,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,203,256. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 40,131 shares of company stock worth $3,581,918 over the last three months. 3.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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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