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Aflac INC (AFL) Position Has Increased by Willis Investment Counsel

The firm owned 10,774 shares of the financial services provider's stock after buying an additional 700 shares during the period. American National Bank who had been investing in Aflac Inc Com for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $34.61 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.11% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $88.04.

Meanwhile, during the same quarter Aflac Incorporated (AFL) delivered a 4.29% earnings surprise. It has underperformed by 9.02% the S&P500. American National Bank sold 79,993 shares as the company's stock rose 3.90% with the market. About 410,709 shares traded. SFNXF's SI was 7,400 shares in December as released by FINRA. It has underperformed by 32.15% the S&P500.

More notable recent Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: "What Do You Expect For Aflac In 2018?" on December 05, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: "Aflac Incorporated's (AFL) CEO Dan Amos on 2018 Outlook Conference Call ..." published on December 01, 2017, Nasdaq.com published: "Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for November 14, 2017" on November 13, 2017.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.95 in Q2 2017. Its down 0.07, from 1.21 in 2017Q1. It worsened, as 66 investors sold MCK shares while 305 reduced holdings. 70 funds opened positions while 179 raised stakes. Lowe Brockenbrough And Company reported 29,519 shares stake. Balyasny Asset Management LLC now owns 1,311,615 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $101,886,000 after purchasing an additional 1,221,231 shares in the last quarter. Raymond James Associates invested 0.02% of its portfolio in Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN). Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 41,937 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,504,675.09. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft Mbh accumulated 136,664 shares. Co Of Vermont holds 0.02% of its portfolio in McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) for 1,293 shares. Argyle Capital holds 3,400 shares. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 0.07 and a current ratio of 0.07. Atlantic Tru Gru Ltd Liability accumulated 0.42% or 407,452 shares. Commerce Commercial Bank has 9,302 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. About 550,748 shares traded. France-based Axa has invested 0.01% in Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN). The option since executed brings Daniels ownership to 15454 shares. Mercer Advisers owns 104 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of AFL in report on Friday, August 11 with "Equal-Weight" rating. AFLAC presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $74.35. The firm has "Market Perform" rating given on Tuesday, May 10 by FBR Capital. Jefferies has "Buy" rating and $96.0 target. The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 1st. The firm earned "Underperform" rating on Wednesday, August 19 by Bank of America.

American National Bank, which manages about $312.57 million US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Msci Eafe Index Fund (EFA) by 165,335 shares to 377,214 shares, valued at $24.60M in 2017Q2, according to the filing. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.74 earnings per share. AFL's profit will be $609.38 million for 14.22 P/E if the $1.55 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.70 actual EPS reported by Aflac Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -8.82 % negative EPS growth. 2,500 shares were sold by CLONINGER KRISS III, worth $194,291. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned "Outperform" rating by Macquarie Research on Thursday, April 14.

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. Therefore 6% are positive.

Analysts await Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) to report earnings on January, 30. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Thursday, October 26 with "Hold". The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned "Sector Perform" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, February 2. Credit Suisse initiated the shares of AFL in report on Friday, October 7 with "Underperform" rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with "Sell" rating and $7100 target in Monday, July 31 report. The stock has "Hold" rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Sunday, November 26. The stock has "Hold" rating by Sandler O'Neill on Friday, December 11.

EQT Corporation most recently reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.12 for the September 2017 versus -$0.26 in the same quarter past year, representing -146% growth.

But it's not just buying activity that is creating investor interest in AFL; over the last several weeks, several insiders have sold shares. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of AFLAC by 4.0% in the fourth quarter. 254.01 million shares or 2.44% more from 247.97 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Exxonmobil Investment Mgmt Inc Tx holds 0.15% or 76,194 shares. The Ohio-based Victory Mngmt has invested 0.61% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). 44,936 are held by South State Corporation. Marshwinds Advisory Co owns 3,200 shares. Polar Limited Liability Partnership has 225,050 shares. Waters Parkerson And Communications Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 2.03% or 282,678 shares in its portfolio.

News headlines about AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Finally, Citigroup cut shares of AFLAC from a "neutral" rating to a "sell" rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $82.00 to $77.00 in a report on Tuesday, September 26th.



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