Market Analysts see Aflac Incorporated [AFL] gaining to $55. Time to buy?

Aflac Incorporated [NYSE: AFL] traded at a low on 04/22/21, posting a -1.05 loss after which it closed the day’ session at $52.94. The company report on April 22, 2021 that Aflac Incorporated to Release First Quarter Results on April 28, 2021.

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Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced that it will release first quarter financial results after the market closes on April 28, 2021. At that time, earnings materials, including the first quarter 2021 earnings release and Financial Analysts Briefing supplement, will be available on the company’s Investor Relations website, investors.aflac.com.

In conjunction with the earnings release, Aflac Incorporated will webcast a conference call scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 29, 2021. During the webcast, Aflac Incorporated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel P. Amos, President and Chief Operating Officer of Aflac Incorporated Frederick J. Crawford and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aflac Incorporated Max K. Brodén will discuss the company’s first quarter results and outlook, including with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Other members of executive management from the U.S. and Japan will also be available to answer questions during the webcast. To listen to the first quarter conference call, please register at investors.aflac.com five to seven minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 3866664 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of Aflac Incorporated stands at 1.33% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.43%.

The market cap for AFL stock reached $35.98 billion, with 700.92 million shares outstanding and 640.82 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 3.72M shares, AFL reached a trading volume of 3866664 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Aflac Incorporated [AFL]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AFL shares is $51.60 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AFL stock is a recommendation set at 3.00. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

UBS have made an estimate for Aflac Incorporated shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on April 21, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on January 12, 2021, representing the official price target for Aflac Incorporated stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $43 to $47, while Evercore ISI kept a In-line rating on AFL stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Aflac Incorporated is set at 0.83, with the Price to Sales ratio for AFL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.62. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.11, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.56. Price to Free Cash Flow for AFL in the course of the last twelve months was 6.93.

How has AFL stock performed recently?

Aflac Incorporated [AFL] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.21. With this latest performance, AFL shares gained by 6.95% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 43.43% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 49.25% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for AFL stock in for the last two-week period is set at 58.92, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 57.17, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.64 for Aflac Incorporated [AFL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 50.48, while it was recorded at 53.21 for the last single week of trading, and 42.61 for the last 200 days.

Aflac Incorporated [AFL]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Aflac Incorporated [AFL] shares currently have an operating margin of +19.87. Aflac Incorporated’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +21.57.

Return on Total Capital for AFL is now 11.43, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 12.43. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 15.29, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.97. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Aflac Incorporated [AFL] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 23.54. Additionally, AFL Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 19.05, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 4.81. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 23.37, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 18.92.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Aflac Incorporated [AFL] managed to generate an average of $398,067 per employee.

Earnings analysis for Aflac Incorporated [AFL]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Aflac Incorporated posted 1.21/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.1/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 10.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for AFL. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Aflac Incorporated go to 6.12%.

Insider trade positions for Aflac Incorporated [AFL]

There are presently around $24,587 million, or 61.90% of AFL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AFL stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 59,888,649, which is approximately -0.724% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; JAPAN POST HOLDINGS CO., LTD., holding 52,300,000 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.77 billion in AFL stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $2.41 billion in AFL stock with ownership of nearly -3.688% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Aflac Incorporated stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 463 institutional holders increased their position in Aflac Incorporated [NYSE:AFL] by around 22,511,102 shares. Additionally, 456 investors decreased positions by around 29,930,215 shares, while 173 investors held positions by with 411,981,544 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 464,422,861 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AFL stock had 153 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,715,699 shares, while 61 institutional investors sold positions of 1,335,706 shares during the same period.

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