Aflac Incorporated [NYSE: AFL] stock went on a downward path that fall over -0.45% on Tuesday, amounting to a one-week price decrease of less than -4.64%. The company report on June 19, 2021 that Statement from Aflac US President Teresa L. White on the Impact of Juneteenth National Independence Day.
“As longtime advocates for racial justice and strong proponents of maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, Aflac applauds the United States Congress and President Biden for signing into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day observance as a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in our country. To acknowledge the significance of this historic and welcomed news, in 2021, Aflac is granting employees a paid floating holiday where they can take time to reflect with their families and friends upon the true meaning of fairness and freedom for all. Beginning in 2022, June 19 will be included on Aflac’s annual calendar of paid holidays for our employees across the country.”.
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Over the last 12 months, AFL stock rose by 44.90%. The one-year Aflac Incorporated stock forecast points to a potential upside of 5.66. The average equity rating for AFL stock is currently 2.90, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.
The market cap for the stock reached $36.86 billion, with 688.94 million shares outstanding and 617.91 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 3.02M shares, AFL stock reached a trading volume of 3288990 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Guru’s Opinion on 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 $56.00 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 2.90. 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 0.96, with the Price to Sales ratio for AFL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.61. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.13, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.15. Price to Free Cash Flow for AFL in the course of the last twelve months was 7.20.
AFL Stock Performance Analysis:
Aflac Incorporated [AFL] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -4.64. With this latest performance, AFL shares dropped by -5.64% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 20.37% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 44.90% 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 33.51, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 27.73, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.30 for Aflac Incorporated [AFL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 55.06, while it was recorded at 53.31 for the last single week of trading, and 46.60 for the last 200 days.
Insight into Aflac Incorporated 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.
AFL Stock EPS
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Aflac Incorporated posted 1.28/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.07/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 19.60%. 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 6.11%.
Aflac Incorporated [AFL] Insider Position Details
There are presently around $24,122 million, or 61.40% of AFL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AFL stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 57,416,579, which is approximately -4.128% 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 $2.76 billion in AFL stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $2.36 billion in AFL stock with ownership of nearly -1.78% of the company’s market capitalization.
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 450 institutional holders increased their position in Aflac Incorporated [NYSE:AFL] by around 19,986,776 shares. Additionally, 500 investors decreased positions by around 28,125,656 shares, while 180 investors held positions by with 408,481,559 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 456,593,991 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AFL stock had 102 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,874,729 shares, while 67 institutional investors sold positions of 4,001,469 shares during the same period.