Analyst Ratings for AFLAC Inc. (AFL)

Updated: 2017-07-26

An average rating of Hold has been given to AFLAC Inc. (NYSE:AFL) by analysts covering the stock. AFL had previously received a consensus rating of Hold a month ago.

Of the 17 analysts covering the stock, 2 gave it a buy rating, 1 gave an overweight rating, 12 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 2 gave a sell rating. Today, there are 1 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for AFL. The highest price target was 82, implying potential capital gains of 6.17 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 66, implying potential capital losses of -14.55 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0.31 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.31 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.08 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 1.01 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 4 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of AFL to grow at a rate of 4.67 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. AFL has a PEG ratio of 2.69.

AFL has traded between a high of 79.86 and a low of 66.50 over the past year. Today's price is 16.15 percent above the 52-week low, and 3.28 percent lower than its 52-week high. AFL has a price/earnings ratio of 12.56. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The AFL value stock report compares AFL to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.98 billion. AFL will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.