Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) saw a downside of -0.07% to close Monday at $54.48 after subtracting -$0.04 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,362,860 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $55.40 in the past week. An average of 3,037,990 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,664,382.
AFL’s 1-month performance is -0.33% or -$0.18 on its low of $51.28 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $33.37 and high of $57.64, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 08/16/21. YTD, AFL has achieved 22.51% or $10.01. However, the current price is down -5.48%% from the 52-week high price.
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On Oct 01, 11 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Aflac Incorporated (AFL). MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L (Director) most recently sold 100 shares at $52.28 per share on Oct 01. This transaction cost the insider $5,228. Director, MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L, sold 100 shares at a price of $56.86 on Sep 01. Then, on Aug 23, Executive Vice President KIRSCH ERIC M sold 34,778 shares at a price of $57.02 per share. This transaction amounted to $1,983,215.
The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 13.88 and a low of 5.305. AFL stock has a beta of 1.01. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.58 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.10, with the price to cash flow ratio at 7.45.
Aflac Incorporated pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.42% and the payout ratio is 14.70%. AFL’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 1, when it paid $0.33 a share compared with prior rate of $0.33, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 39 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.05 reported on Wednesday November 18 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 28.74% yearly.
It is projected that Aflac Incorporated’s next ex-dividend date will be on 16-Nov-2021. AFL is expected to distribute $0.33 as its next dividend.
As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.24, while the total debt to equity was 0.24 while for the period ending June 29; Aflac Incorporated’s operating margin was 24.30%.
For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Analysts expected AFL to announce $1.27 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.59, representing a 25.20% surprise. AFL stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $11.26 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $670.74 million
Let’s look briefly at Aflac Incorporated (AFL) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 61.58% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 14.01%.
The stock’s 5-day moving average is $53.98, reflecting a +3.24% or $1.71 change from its current price. AFL is currently trading -1.36% above its 20-day SMA, -2.30% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.95% and +25.16% respectively.
Stochastic %K and %D was 85.81% and 78.15% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.01. The RSI (14) points at 54.92%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 75.20% with the period’s ATR at 1.01. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 1.00 and 1.27 on the 14-day charts.
In the most recent analyst report for Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL), UBS launched coverage with a Neutral rating. Analysts offering their rating for AFL stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate AFL as a “sell,”, while 9 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 2 have offered a “buy” rating.
What is AFL’s price target for the next 12 months?
Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $54.00 and a high of $63.00, with their median price target at $57.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Aflac Incorporated (AFL) stock is $57.80.