Aflac Inc (NYSE:AFL) Big Money Sentiment Increased in 2018 Q1 to 7.76

June 27, 2018 - By Daniel Cummings

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Positions for Aflac Inc (NYSE:AFL)

In 2018 Q1 Aflac Inc (NYSE:AFL) big money sentiment increased to 7.76, according to filings. That’s up 6.70, from 2017Q4’s 1.06. 706 hedge funds increased or started new positions, while 91 reduced and sold their positions in Aflac Inc so the sentiment is better. Funds own 1.00 billion shares, up from 256.45 million shares in 2017Q4. Funds holding Aflac Inc in top 10 changed to 18 from 21 for a decrease of 3. In total 56 funds closed positions, 35 reduced and 624 increased. Also 82 funds bought new Aflac Inc stakes.

Significant Aflac Inc Investors

Mizuho Bank Ltd. owns 3.00 million shares in Aflac Inc as of 2018 Q1. As of 2018 Q1, 182,296 shares of Aflac Inc are owned by Chesapeake Asset Management Llc. Further, Jnba Financial Advisors reported 664,652 shares in Aflac Inc equivalent to 7.39% of its fund’s portfolio. The Georgia-based fund Greatmark Investment Partners Inc. have invested about 6.12% of the institutional investor’s stock portfolio in Aflac Inc. The Washington-based fund Smead Capital Management Inc. looks positive on Aflac Inc, owning 2.49 million shares.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products.The company has $34.10 billion market cap. It operates through two divisions, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S.The P/E ratio is 7.38. The Aflac Japan segment offers various voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities in Japan.

AFL hit $44.05 during the last trading session after $0.05 change.Aflac Incorporated has volume of 255,093 shares. Since June 27, 2017 AFL has risen 21.38% and is uptrending. The stock outperformed the S&P 500 by 8.81%.

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL)’s quarterly earnings will be announced on July, 26., as reported by Faxor. This year’s earnings per share analyst estimate is awaited to be $0.99. That is 7.61 % up compareed to $0.92 earnings per share for last year. This could be $766.42M profit for AFL assuming the current $0.99 earnings per share will become reality. -5.71 % negative EPS growth is what analysts predict. $1.05 earnings per share was announced for previous quarter.

Nomura Asset Management Co owns 0.07% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 136,792 shs. Louisiana State Employees Retirement Systems invested 0.1% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Ubs Asset Management Americas reported 0% of its capital in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Hm Payson & has invested 1.41% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Hanson Mcclain accumulated 1,538 shs. Nordea Inv Mngmt Ab owns 5.70M shs. Manufacturers Life The stated it has 0.03% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Homrich & Berg invested in 33,333 shs or 0.1% of the stock. Arga Inv Mgmt Lp reported 0.21% of its capital in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Regions Fincl Corp owns 256,031 shs or 0.13% of their US capital. Indexiq Advsrs, a New York-based fund reported 99,842 shs. Westwood Mgmt Il owns 4,800 shs. Blair William Il, Illinois-based fund reported 28,801 shs. Goldman Sachs Inc has invested 0.12% of its capital in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). 19,614 are owned by Magnetar Financial Limited Company.

Aflac Incorporated registered $2.81 million net activity with 2 buys and 4 sales since February 16, 2018. TILLMAN AUDREY B sold $117,123 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 1,300 shs on Wednesday, February 28. $239,194 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was sold by HOWARD JUNE P on Wednesday, February 28. MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L also bought $49,022 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Tuesday, February 20. Shares for $2.24 million were sold by AMOS DANIEL P on Friday, February 16. Lloyd Karole had bought 2,000 shs worth $178,090.

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) Ratings Coverage

In total 13 analysts cover AFLAC Inc (NYSE:AFL). “Buy” rating has 4, “Sell” are 1, while 8 are “Hold”. (NYSE:AFL) has 31% bullish analysts. With $100.0 highest and $45.0 lowest price target, AFLAC Inc has $66.17 average price target or 50.22% above the current ($44.05) price. 15 are the (NYSE:AFL)’s ratings reports on 27 Jun 2018 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The company rating was maintained by SunTrust on Thursday, February 1. The company rating was upgraded by Raymond James on Monday, January 22. On Monday, March 26 the firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given. On Thursday, February 1 the firm earned “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill. In Tuesday, March 20 report Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained it with “Hold” rating and $48.0 target. On Tuesday, January 9 the firm has “Hold” rating by Wells Fargo given. On Thursday, April 5 Sandler O’Neill maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) rating. Sandler O’Neill has “Hold” rating and $4700 target. In Wednesday, March 21 report Barclays Capital maintained it with “Hold” rating and $45.0 target. On Tuesday, March 27 the stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan. On Thursday, February 1 the company was maintained by RBC Capital Markets.

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