Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact AFLAC (AFL) Stock Price

Press coverage about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) has trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.3616822146894 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of AFLAC (NYSE AFL) traded down $6.75 on Friday, reaching $84.94. The company had a trading volume of 13,793,337 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 company has a market capitalization of $33,390.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 1.02.

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

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on AFL shares. Citigroup lowered AFLAC from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $82.00 to $77.00 in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $84.00 price objective on AFLAC and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on AFLAC in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. AFLAC has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $80.29.

In other AFLAC news, VP James Todd Daniels sold 1,430 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.11, for a total transaction of $124,567.30. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 12,708 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,106,993.88. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Masatoshi Koide sold 6,250 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.00, for a total value of $550,000.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 25,037 shares in the company, valued at $2,203,256. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 22,657 shares of company stock worth $1,988,685 over the last ninety 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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