AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

Media stories about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media 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 positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AFLAC earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.034986186624 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on AFL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised AFLAC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Citigroup downgraded AFLAC from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $82.00 to $77.00 in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “hold” rating and set a $82.00 price target on shares of AFLAC in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “sell” rating and set a $71.00 price target on shares of AFLAC in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on AFLAC in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 price objective on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $80.29.

Shares of AFLAC (NYSE AFL) opened at $91.69 on Friday. AFLAC has a one year low of $66.50 and a one year high of $91.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $36,050.00, a P/E ratio of 13.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 1.02. The company has a current ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 0.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24.

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

In other AFLAC news, COO Masatoshi Koide sold 6,250 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.00, for a total value of $550,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 25,037 shares in the company, valued at $2,203,256. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Audrey B. Tillman sold 2,360 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.64, for a total value of $206,830.40. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 39,331 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,446,968.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 22,657 shares of company stock valued at $1,988,685 over the last three months. Corporate 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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