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.
Investment analysts gave a few price targets for AFL. The maximum price target given was 82, implying potential capital gains of 6.17 percent. The lowest price target was 66, implying a possible loss 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.
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. 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.
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.
AFL has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.67 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of AFL is 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 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.