AFLAC (AFL) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.08

News articles about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog 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 coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.2310467721568 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of AFLAC (NYSE AFL) traded up $1.23 during trading on Monday, reaching $89.65. 2,140,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,780,000. The stock has a market cap of $35,250.00, a P/E ratio of 8.15, a P/E/G ratio of 2.34 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22, a quick ratio of 0.07 and a current ratio of 0.07. AFLAC has a 52 week low of $70.34 and a 52 week high of $91.73.

AFLAC’s stock is set to split on Monday, March 19th. The 2-1 split was announced on Tuesday, February 13th. The newly issued shares will be issued to shareholders after the closing bell on Friday, March 16th.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $1.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.55 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $5.42 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.44 billion. AFLAC had a net margin of 20.18% and a return on equity of 12.32%. AFLAC’s quarterly revenue was down 8.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.44 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that AFLAC will post 7.68 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 21st will be given a dividend of $0.52 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 20th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.32%. This is an increase from AFLAC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. AFLAC’s dividend payout ratio is presently 16.36%.

Several research firms recently commented on AFL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AFLAC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $90.00 price target (up previously from $84.00) on shares of AFLAC in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AFLAC in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Raymond James Financial upgraded shares of AFLAC from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $88.00 to $100.00 in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and three have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $83.88.

In other AFLAC news, 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 completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 25,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,203,256. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, President Kriss Cloninger III sold 6,057 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.73, for a total transaction of $531,380.61. Following the transaction, the president now owns 241,099 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,151,615.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 22,347 shares of company stock valued at $1,962,778. 3.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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