Aflac Incorporated [NYSE: AFL] gained 1.95% or 1.02 points to close at $53.35 with a heavy trading volume of 4828040 shares. The company report on July 8, 2021 that Consider Families With Kids During Benefits Enrollment.
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It opened the trading session at $53.16, the shares rose to $53.565 and dropped to $52.92, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for AFL points out that the company has recorded 19.40% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -59.87% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 3.24M shares, AFL reached to a volume of 4828040 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying 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 $56.10 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 0.93, with the Price to Sales ratio for AFL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.56. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.14, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 7.48. Price to Free Cash Flow for AFL in the course of the last twelve months was 6.95.
Trading performance analysis for AFL stock
Aflac Incorporated [AFL] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.20. With this latest performance, AFL shares dropped by -5.73% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 19.40% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 57.05% 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 44.99, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 45.81, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 45.87 for Aflac Incorporated [AFL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 55.13, while it was recorded at 53.37 for the last single week of trading, and 47.59 for the last 200 days.
Aflac Incorporated [AFL]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
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.
Aflac Incorporated [AFL]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
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%.
An analysis of insider ownership at Aflac Incorporated [AFL]
There are presently around $24,354 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 $2.79 billion in AFL stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $2.39 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 July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 445 institutional holders increased their position in Aflac Incorporated [NYSE:AFL] by around 19,703,761 shares. Additionally, 499 investors decreased positions by around 28,099,262 shares, while 177 investors held positions by with 408,691,203 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 456,494,226 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AFL stock had 101 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,886,007 shares, while 62 institutional investors sold positions of 3,894,098 shares during the same period.