AFLAC Incorporated’s Stock Is Buy After Today’s Bullish Options Activity

 AFLAC Incorporated's Stock Is Buy After Today's Bullish Options Activity

In today’s session AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) registered an unusually high (144) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the February, 2017 call, expecting serious AFL increase. With 144 contracts traded and 9374 open interest for the Feb, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: AFL170217C00070000 closed last at: $2.12 or 15.8% up. About 586,787 shares traded hands. AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 11.25% since April 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 6.47% the S&P500.

AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) Ratings Coverage

Out of 16 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 3 rate it a “Buy”, 2 “Sell”, while 11 “Hold”. This means 19% are positive. Aflac Incorporated has been the topic of 23 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Citigroup upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 10 report. The stock of AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Underperform” rating given on Friday, October 7 by Credit Suisse. On Friday, May 20 the stock rating was downgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods to “Mkt Perform”. The firm earned “” rating on Monday, October 12 by Keefe Bruyette & Woods. The stock of AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Market Perform” rating given on Friday, September 23 by Wells Fargo. On Thursday, February 4 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, May 23 by Sandler O’Neill. FBR Capital downgraded the shares of AFL in a report on Tuesday, May 10 to “Market Perform” rating. Wood upgraded the shares of AFL in a report on Thursday, August 27 to “Market Perform” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Friday, December 11.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “AFLAC Inc. is a general business holding company and acts as a management company, overseeing the operations of its subsidiaries by providing management services and making capital available. Its primary business is supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered primarily through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment is 0.96 in 2016 Q2. Its the same as in 2016Q1. The ratio has no change, as 50 funds sold all AFLAC Incorporated shares owned while 292 reduced positions. only 80 funds bought stakes while 248 increased positions. They now own 251.49 million shares or 1.29% less from 254.79 million shares in 2016Q1.
Ubs Asset Mngmt Americas last reported 0.18% of its portfolio in the stock. Cetera Ltd Liability owns 6,578 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Mariner Wealth Advisors Ltd Liability accumulated 0.02% or 4,407 shares. Ashfield Cap Limited Liability Company accumulated 0.23% or 39,981 shares. Estabrook Mngmt reported 66,455 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Citigroup, a New York-based fund reported 23,615 shares. Moreover, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi has 0.01% invested in AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 11,536 shares. Bryn Mawr holds 217,627 shares or 1% of its portfolio. Allianz Asset Management Ag last reported 79,981 shares in the company. Cutter Communication Brokerage Incorporated has invested 0.15% of its portfolio in AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has invested 0.16% of its portfolio in AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Nippon Life Communications last reported 28,451 shares in the company. Kanaly Trust holds 0% of its portfolio in AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 309 shares. Breton Hill Cap accumulated 0.21% or 9,106 shares. Miles Cap Incorporated has 0.69% invested in the company for 14,022 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since May 31, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 12 insider sales for $10.48 million net activity. WHITE TERESA L also sold $2.65M worth of AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. 3,650 shares with value of $261,851 were sold by RIMER BARBARA K on Monday, August 1. Another trade for 7,500 shares valued at $519,900 was made by JANKE KENNETH S JR on Tuesday, May 31. On Monday, September 12 TILLMAN AUDREY B sold $1.39 million worth of the stock or 18,856 shares. $207,990 worth of AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares were sold by JOHNSON DOUGLAS WAYNE. ARIYOSHI KOJI had sold 57,413 shares worth $4.20M.

Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The company has a market cap of $29.29 billion. The Firm engaged in is supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus . It has a 11.32 P/E ratio. Aflac’s insurance business consists of two divisions: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S.

AFL Company Profile

Aflac Incorporated, incorporated on April 27, 1973, is a business holding company. The Firm 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 offers insurance policies in Japan and the United States that provide a layer of financial protection against income and asset loss. Aflac’s insurance business consists of two divisions: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac Japan sells 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. Aflac U.S. sells supplemental insurance products, including products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets, such as accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital intensive care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans and loss-of-income products, such as life and short-term disability plans.

More notable recent AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) news were published by: Prnewswire.com which released: “Aflac Incorporated Presentation Available for On-Demand Viewing at …” on November 07, 2016, also Investorplace.com with their article: “How Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Stock Stands Out in a Strong Industry” published on November 07, 2016, Prnewswire.com published: “Aflac Incorporated Announces Third Quarter Results, Upwardly Revises 2016 …” on October 27, 2016. More interesting news about AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) were released by: Valuewalk.com and their article: “Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 12: AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)” published on October 23, 2016 as well as Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Aflac Incorporated to Release Third Quarter Results on October 27, 2016” with publication date: October 20, 2016.

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