Aflac Inc. (NYSE:AFL)’s share price reached a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $73.06 and last traded at $72.84, with a volume of 570,228 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $72.49.

A number of research firms recently commented on AFL. Vetr downgraded Aflac from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $70.50 price objective on the stock. in a report on Tuesday. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on Aflac in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. They set a “sell” rating and a $63.00 price target on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on Aflac from $71.00 to $73.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Aflac in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, FBR & Co downgraded Aflac from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $68.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Thursday, May 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.46.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $70.06 and a 200 day moving average of $64.28. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.30 billion and a PE ratio of 12.05.

Aflac (NYSE:AFL) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 26th. The company reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.63 by $0.10. The firm earned $5.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.24 billion. The company’s revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.54 EPS. Equities analysts predict that Aflac Inc. will post $6.70 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Teresa L. White sold 8,976 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.80, for a total transaction of $626,524.80. Following the sale, the insider now owns 33,509 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,338,928.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Teresa L. White sold 2,853 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.80, for a total value of $199,139.40. Following the sale, the insider now owns 30,362 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,119,267.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 17.9% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 874,434 shares of the company’s stock worth $52,378,000 after buying an additional 132,528 shares in the last quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 14.4% in the fourth quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 37,610 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,253,000 after buying an additional 4,741 shares in the last quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 663,966 shares of the company’s stock worth $40,183,000 after buying an additional 12,363 shares in the last quarter. Vaughan David Investments Inc. IL boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Vaughan David Investments Inc. IL now owns 255,432 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,300,000 after buying an additional 8,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 26,629,832 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,595,128,000 after buying an additional 938,382 shares in the last quarter.

Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The Company engaged in is supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). Aflac’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S.

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