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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for AFL. The maximum price target given was 82, which equates to a potential upside of 6.17 percent. The lowest price target was 66, implying potential capital losses of -14.55 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0.31 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0.31 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.08 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 1.01 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of AFL to grow at a rate of 4.67 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. AFL has a PEG ratio of 2.69.

In the trailing 52-weeks, AFL hit 79.86 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 66.50. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 16.15 percent, and below the high by 3.28 percent. 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 market cap of AFL is $30.98 billion. AFL's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.