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.
Several price targets were given for AFL by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 82, which equates to a potential upside of 6.17 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 66, implying a possible loss of -14.55 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.
Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0.31 percent on average, compared to last month. 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. 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 made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.
AFL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.67 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of AFL is 2.69.
AFL has traded between a high of 79.86 and a low of 66.50 over the past year. 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 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.