News headlines about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AFLAC earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 43.9023083657994 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- This Morning’s Technical Outlook on Accident & Health Insurance Stocks — Aflac, Assurant, CNO Financial, and Unum (prnewswire.com)
- To Aflac, Big TV Buys Are Never Just A ‘One-Off’ (adexchanger.com)
- AFLAC (AFL) Upgraded to Hold by Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- ANALYST VIEWS ON TOP MOVERS IN RECENT TRADE:: Aflac Incorporated, (NYSE: AFL), Navient Corporation … (globalexportlines.com)
- Aflac among the nation’s most diverse company, according to Blac – WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL (wbrc.com)
NYSE:AFL opened at $43.76 on Friday. AFLAC has a 1-year low of $35.65 and a 1-year high of $45.88. The company has a current ratio of 0.05, a quick ratio of 0.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $33,941.39, a P/E ratio of 7.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.74 and a beta of 0.96.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 21st were issued a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 20th. AFLAC’s dividend payout ratio is 18.89%.
AFL has been the topic of several research reports. Wells Fargo restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $45.00 target price (up previously from $42.00) on shares of AFLAC in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Citigroup upgraded AFLAC to a “strong-buy” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $44.00 to $50.00 in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Raymond James Financial upgraded AFLAC from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $44.00 to $50.00 in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AFLAC in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.73.
In other AFLAC news, Chairman Daniel P. Amos sold 24,983 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.77, for a total value of $2,242,723.91. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider June P. Howard sold 2,648 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.33, for a total value of $239,193.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 37,631 shares of company stock worth $2,919,118. Insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.
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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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