Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Insiders Sold 3 Times As Much Stock As They Purchased

At Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), the ratio of insider selling to insider buying over a quarter is running at 3. Could this be a sign something is bothering insiders? AFL recorded 3 sales count on the open market in the last three months. They sold nearly 4,004 shares while purchases amounted to zero shares that period. Looking even further back to 12 months, corporate insiders offloaded 200,388 shares when buyers snapped up 255,443 shares. The 12-month’s totals signify about a 0.78-to-1 sell/buy ratio.

Johnson Douglas Wayne parted with a total of 2 thousand shares of Aflac Incorporated (AFL) at average share price of $46.52. This insider trade in the company took place on 09/13/2018. The total for the sales was set at $93.04 thousand. After this transaction, the Director account balance stood at 29.86 thousand shares. The stock lost -6.38 percent since that insider sale. On 09/11/2018, Moskowitz Joseph L, Director, sold 1.5 thousand shares at a price per share of $46.38. This removed 69.57 thousand shares from the insider’s fortune and the stock saw a -6.1 percent retreat in value since the news became public. This transaction left 16.58 thousand shares in the Director account.

On 06/29/2018, Executive Vice President Kirsch Eric M performed a sale transaction worth $2.88 million. This sale at $43.31 each has eliminated 66.45 thousand shares from the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares have recorded 0.55 percent increase since the transaction was reported. The insider now is left with 109 thousand shares remaining in the account. Knapp Charles B, who performs the Director job, sold 10 thousand shares for $437.2 thousand. The disposal occurred on 03/26/2018 was priced at $43.72 per share. The share price plunged -0.39 percent since the reporting date. Knapp Charles B now left with a stake of 108.58 thousand AFL stock worth $4.73 million after the insider selling.

The 12-month median price target for Aflac Incorporated (AFL) assigned by the analysts stands at $46.5, which represents a return potential of 6.77 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $43.55 on Thursday, December 06. The lowest price target for the stock is $40 — slightly more than -8.15 percent from AFL’s current share price. The stock will probably climb 6.93 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $53-month high price target. This represents a whopping 21.7 percent increase from where shares are trading today.

On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 39.96 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for comfort. If the price breaks below $42.14 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $44.07 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $44.58 level. The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $42.85. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $42.14. Till the time, the AFL stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear.

Shares of Aflac Incorporated (AFL) are trading at a P/E ratio of 11.38 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry AFL operates in has an average P/E of 13.42. Its P/E ratio went as low as 9.4X and as high as 13.11 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 1.49 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 1.01. 0 percent is the gross profit margin for Aflac Incorporated and operating margin sits at 20.3 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 22.5 percent.

On 6th of December, Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares ended lower after a volatile session. The shares dropped -0.74 points or -1.67 percent at $43.55 with a heavy trade volume of 5.252 million shares. After opening the session at $43.76, the shares went as high as $43.88 and as low as $42.6569, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $32.9 billion and now has 755.62 million shares outstanding. Aflac Incorporated (AFL) stock has lost -0.37 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

In last reported earnings results, AFL earned $1.03 per share, better than the $0.99, adjusted, expected by Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue was $5.49B, better than the $5.45B analysts expected. Earnings are estimated to increase by 4.2 percent this year, 1.81 percent next year and continue to increase by 8.5 percent annually for the next 5 years. Investors will get their next glimpse of AFL’s Q4 earnings on February 05. Analysts are forecasting revenue to suffer decline of -0.9 percent to $5.38B in the next fiscal quarter, while earnings are seen soaring by nearly 15.85 percent to $0.95 per share. History has shown that shares in Aflac Incorporated have gone up on 20 different earnings reaction days and are predicted to add 0.02 percent when the company reports upcoming earnings.

AFL stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 0.94, offering the possibility of a lower rate of return, but also posing less risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $3.92 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has fallen -0.77 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -0.84 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -9.62 percent away from its 1-year high of $48.19 and 5.17 percent up from 52-week low of $41.41. The average consensus rating on the company is 2.8, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a sell.