Media headlines about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AFLAC earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8799251725162 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of AFLAC (NYSE AFL) traded up $0.10 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $87.21. 1,509,982 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,630,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.07, a current ratio of 0.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. AFLAC has a 12-month low of $66.50 and a 12-month high of $89.81. The firm has a market cap of $34,330.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.66, a P/E/G ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 1.02.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $1.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.63 by $0.07. AFLAC had a net margin of 12.49% and a return on equity of 12.87%. The firm had revenue of $5.51 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.48 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.74 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that AFLAC will post 6.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.06%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. This is an increase from AFLAC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.43. AFLAC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.12%.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AFLAC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of AFLAC in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 price target on the stock. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of AFLAC in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Bank of America lowered shares of AFLAC from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Citigroup lowered shares of AFLAC from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $82.00 to $77.00 in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. AFLAC currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $79.79.

In related news, VP James Todd Daniels sold 1,430 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $87.11, for a total transaction of $124,567.30. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 12,708 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,106,993.88. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Audrey B. Tillman sold 310 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.57, for a total transaction of $25,906.70. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 41,937 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,504,675.09. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 10,777 shares of company stock valued at $939,209. Insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

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AFLAC Company Profile

Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The Company is involved in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). The Company’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S.

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