Aflac Incorporated (AFL): What’s the Story?

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Accident & Health Insurance. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $45.41, up from yesterday’s close by 0.69%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) currently trades with a market capitalization of $35.02 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 2.86 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $5.61 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to hold steady in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.99 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.54% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Aflac Incorporated recorded a 52-week high of $46.19. It is now trading 0.78% off that level. The stock is trading $44.75 its 50-day moving average by -0.66%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $36.40.

In recent action, Aflac Incorporated (AFL) has made a move of +0.87% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.61, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.73% with $762.78 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of AFL.

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