It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Aflac Incorporated (AFL) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $0.33, or 0.46%, to $72.24. The Aflac Incorporated has recorded 150,266 volume in the after hours trading session. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that Aflac Incorporated to Release Fourth Quarter Results and CFO Video Update on February 1, 2023 and Host Webcast on February 2, 2023.
Aflac Incorporated is listed on the NYSE in the Financial sector while operating in the Insurance – Life industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $71.91 and fluctuated between $72.29 as its day high and $71.40 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Aflac Incorporated is $43.30B. A total of 2.49 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 2.73M shares.
Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, AFL has seen 2 BUY and 8 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 17,104 and the disposition of 81,852 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 32 BUYs and 38 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 650,180 shares during that period but sold 530,164.
In the most recent transaction, MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L sold 500 shares of AFL for 71.98 per share on Jan 03. After the transaction, the Director now owns 19,751 company shares. In a previous transaction on Dec 13, RIGGIERI ALBERT sold 4,688 shares at 70.60 per share. AFL shares that SVP, Chief Actuary owns now total 21,552.
Among the insiders who sold shares, TILLMAN AUDREY B disposed of 22,400 shares on Nov 18 at a per-share price of $70.80. This resulted in the Executive Vice President holding 151,706 shares of AFL after the transaction. In another insider transaction, LAKE CHARLES D II sold 14,130 shares at $70.01 per share on Nov 17. Company shares held by the Chairman & Rep. Director, ALIJ now total 36,375.
The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. Aflac Incorporated pays an annual dividend of $1.68, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.34%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 9.18. AFL’s most recent ex-dividend date was 2/14/2023 when it declared a $0.42 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 3/1/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 12/1/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 11/15/2022. The AFL stock dividend was $0.40 per share in cash.
Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for AFL in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $69.36 with high estimates of $80.00 and low estimates of $57.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, AFL has a high of $74.01 and a low of $52.07.
As of this writing, AFL has an earnings estimate of $1.21 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 13 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.31 per share and a lower estimate of $1.06. The company reported an EPS of $1.42 in the last quarter, which was 3.60% higher than expectations of $1.37.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information.
After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 15 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for AFL is Underweight with a score of 3.40. A total of 2 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 1 rated it as Overweight while 11 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 1 thought it should be Sold.