Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) changes shares on Thursday trading session, with a change of 1.88% or $0.66 shares. The trading starts at $34.88 and closed at $35.17 throughout the day. The trading session low price was $34.64 and day high was $35.87 on Thursday, June 25. After the session, the Financial sector daily volume shifted to 2.8 million while its average volume is 4.56M. In other hand, the AFL market cap reached to $26.07B. While, its current target price is $35.83 according to WSJ.
Checking out the performance report which defines the increase or decrease of prices for a specific period. For the last 5 trading sessions, its performance is down -3.45% and down -3.61% for month. Its quarterly performance was 0.17% above, while its half year performance is down -32.09%. AFL yearly performance stood at negative -33.94% and fall -32.27% for year-to-date. Current recommendation for Aflac Incorporated is 3.10.
Earnings per share or EPS is an important financial measure, which defines the profitability of a company. AFL EPS (TTM) for 12-month is 3.97. EPS for this year is 16.70%, while for the next year its value is 4.47. Sales growth for the current quarter is 5.64 while its EPS Q/Q reached -36.60%. It has an EPS of 6.40% up for past five years and for the next five years will be up 1.60%.
Let’s take a look on the analyst recommendations on AFL for the current month and previous month. For the current month, 1 of 13 analysts recommend stock as Buy while 2 as Sell, 1 as overweight, 0 as underweight and 9 as Hold. As compared with the previous month ratings, 0 analysts participate in stock recommendation. Out of 0, 0 rated it sell, 0 rated it as Buy and 0 as Hold Ratings. On the other hand, target price ranges from $32.00-$53.00. Average target price for AFL was reached at $42.42.
Vanguard Group, Inc. (The), Blackrock Inc. and Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. are the top three holders in Aflac Incorporated (AFL) stock. On Mar 30, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) has 66.66 million shares which valued 2.28 billion. On Mar 30, 2020, Blackrock Inc. owned 56.03 million shares which valued at 1.92 billion. On Mar 30, 2020, Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. has a total of 52.3 million shares which valued at 1.79 billion. In the end, Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. have 7.29% shares outstanding of Aflac Incorporated (AFL) on Mar 30, 2020. The insider ownership moved to 0.30% and institutional holding shifted to 62.90%.
The company posted an EPS (TTM) of 3.97. According to the most recent quarter report on (Jun 2020), 13 analysts estimated an average EPS of 1.06, while 1.13 EPS posted a year ago period. Analyst Estimated EPS for AFL published in the report was 0.93-1.12 during the same period. Comparing with last year, the average estimated EPS was 1.13 which is lower than 1.21 which was posted for recent quarter EPS.
A brief look on simple moving average (SMA) that determines the market price can impact a market. The SMA for AFL fall -21.64% for period of 200 days. SMA for 50 days was -1.35% which is showing red signal, while SMA-20 was -4.72%. The moving average value for Aflac Incorporated (AFL) is 42.45 and 36.33 for 200 and 50 days respectively.
Let’s take a look on the insider transactions, in which multiple shareholders are showing interest in AFL stock. On May 01, RIMER BARBARA K, Director, sold 11,026 trading shares at the cost of $36.23, which valued at 0.4 million. On Mar 23, Crawford Frederick John, President & COO, bought 25,000 shares at the cost of $26.29, with total shares of 247,828. On Feb 18, Koide Masatoshi, Pres., and Rep. Director, sold 1,467 shares at the cost of 51.75. After this transaction, Koide Masatoshi total shares reached to 40,898 which valued at 75917.0.