AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) Shares Sold by Carroll Financial Associates Inc.

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Carroll Financial Associates Inc. lowered its position in AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) by 1.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 22,511 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 225 shares during the period. Carroll Financial Associates Inc.’s holdings in AFLAC were worth $1,016,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of AFL. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised its stake in shares of AFLAC by 76.1% in the third quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 1,258,351 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $59,231,000 after acquiring an additional 543,634 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in AFLAC by 0.8% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 66,738,143 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,141,364,000 after purchasing an additional 505,341 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc raised its position in AFLAC by 0.8% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 66,738,143 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,141,364,000 after purchasing an additional 505,341 shares during the last quarter. HAP Trading LLC bought a new position in AFLAC in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $22,750,000. Finally, Hexavest Inc. raised its position in AFLAC by 44.4% in the 4th quarter. Hexavest Inc. now owns 1,463,674 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $66,685,000 after purchasing an additional 450,012 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 66.67% of the company’s stock.

AFL opened at $45.69 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.05 and a quick ratio of 0.05. AFLAC Incorporated has a 52 week low of $41.41 and a 52 week high of $48.19. The firm has a market cap of $34.41 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.83.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $1.03 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.04. AFLAC had a net margin of 21.51% and a return on equity of 12.85%. The firm had revenue of $5.58 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.57 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.85 EPS. Equities analysts expect that AFLAC Incorporated will post 4.08 EPS for the current year.

In other AFLAC news, insider James Todd Daniels sold 3,400 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction on Friday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.14, for a total transaction of $150,076.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 11,394 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $502,931.16. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Richard Williams, Jr. sold 1,129 shares of AFLAC stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.97, for a total transaction of $49,642.13. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 14,577 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $640,950.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

AFL has been the subject of several research analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of AFLAC from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $51.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of AFLAC from $47.00 to $48.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of AFLAC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 28th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of AFLAC from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.46.

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AFLAC Profile

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers 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.

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