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.
AFL was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 82, which equates to a potential upside of 6.17 percent. The minimum price target given was 66, which equates to a potential downside 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. That number becomes 0.31 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.08 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 1.01 percent.
People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 4 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.
Analysts estimate earnings of AFL to grow at a rate of 4.67 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. AFL has a PEG ratio of 2.69.
In the last 52-weeks, AFL has achieved a high of 79.86 and a low of 66.50. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 16.15 percent, and 3.28 percent below the high. AFL has a P/E 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.