Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is -10.26% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $52.07 and a high of $74.01 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The AFL stock was last observed hovering at around $66.04 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -1.48% off its average median price target of $70.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 19.3% off the consensus price target high of $80.00 offered by 16 analysts, but current levels are -13.26% lower than the price target low of $57.00 for the same period.
Currently trading at $64.56, the stock is -3.92% and -1.58% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.46 million and changing -2.24% at the moment leaves the stock -2.34% off its SMA200. AFL registered 14.20% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of -9.54%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $2.37.
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The stock witnessed a -1.84% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -5.06%, and is -2.46% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.61% over the week and 2.08% over the month.
Aflac Incorporated (AFL) has around 12882 employees, a market worth around $39.03B and $19.05B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 9.34 and Fwd P/E is 10.61. Profit margin for the company is 22.90%. Distance from 52-week low is 23.99% and -12.77% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (16.10%).
Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Analyst Forecasts
Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Aflac Incorporated (AFL) is a “Hold”. 16 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.90, where 12 rate it as a Hold and 1 think it is a “Overweight”. 2 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 1 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.
Aflac Incorporated is expected to release its quarterly report on 07/27/2023.The EPS is expected to grow by 3.10% this year
Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Top Institutional Holders
The shares outstanding are 611.21M, and float is at 563.18M with Short Float at 1.55%.
Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Insider Activity
A total of 56 insider transactions have happened at Aflac Incorporated (AFL) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 26 and purchases happening 30 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L, the company’s Director. SEC filings show that MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L sold 13,471 shares of the company’s common stock on May 19 at a price of $67.27 per share for a total of $0.91 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 27570.0 shares.
Aflac Incorporated disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on May 12 that BEAVER STEVEN KENT (SVP, CFO, Aflac US) sold a total of 13,118 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on May 12 and was made at $66.33 per share for $0.87 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 20793.0 shares of the AFL stock.
Still, SEC filings show that on May 10, HOWARD JUNE P (Sr. Vice President) disposed off 8,230 shares at an average price of $67.57 for $0.56 million. The insider now directly holds 119,402 shares of Aflac Incorporated (AFL).
Aflac Incorporated (AFL): Who are the competitors?
The company’s main competitors (and peers) include The Cigna Group (CI) that is trading -5.17% down over the past 12 months and Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU) that is -21.58% lower over the same period. MetLife Inc. (MET) is -21.42% down on the 1-year trading charts.