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BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp Purchases 59757 Shares of Aflac (AFL)

The Guinness Asset Management Ltd holds 182,540 shares with $16.02 million value, up from 176,540 last quarter. Zeke Cap Ltd Liability Corporation accumulated 12,025 shares. The stock decreased 1.50% or $0.7 during the last trading session, reaching $45.87. About 3.34 million shares traded. (NASDAQ:AAL) has risen 21.95% since April 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 40.21% the S&P500. Strs Ohio sold 5,553 shares as the company's stock declined 0.29% with the market. The accident &health insurance company at the end of 2017Q4 was valued at $31,000. The firm has a market cap of $34,798.70, a PE ratio of 13.11, a P/E/G ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.95. AFL reached $44.56 on during the last trading session after $0.09 change.Aflac Incorporated has volume of 2.08 million shares. About 4.89 million shares traded. It has outperformed by 9.50% the S&P500.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock.

A number of other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. 371.06 million shares or 2.48% less from 380.49 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management invested in 0.17% or 20,851 shs. Tobam stated it has 100,201 shares. Morgan Stanley has "Equal-Weight" rating and $83 target. (NYSE:CTL) for 20.55 million shares. 800,000 are held by Duff & Phelps Inv Mngmt.

Shares of NYSE:AFL traded down $0.09 on Friday, hitting $44.56. Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) Ltd stated it has 0.06% of its portfolio in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL). Gamco Investors Et Al has 144,037 shares. Sentinel Lba holds 68,477 shs. The company has a quick ratio of 0.05, a current ratio of 0.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.97 in Q4 2017. (NYSE:EOG) for 5,647 shares. Bremer National Association has invested 0.1% in EOG Resources, Inc. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Aflac by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Price T Rowe Assoc Md reported 0.02% stake. Utah Retirement System accumulated 72,221 shares.

Carmignac Gestion decreased Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG) stake by 490,270 shares to 30.02M valued at $383.30 million in 2017Q4. 22,938 are owned by St Germain D J Inc. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. Since October 18, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc Aflac has 19 analyst reports. The stock of CenturyLink, Inc. Janney Montgomery Scott restated a "buy" rating on shares of Aflac in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. On Tuesday, January 9 the rating was maintained by Wells Fargo with "Hold". As per Thursday, October 1, the company rating was upgraded by Maxim Group. Bernstein maintained EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) on Wednesday, March 29 with "Overweight" rating. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Friday, July 14 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, July 13 by Citigroup.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 2 insider buys, and 5 selling transactions for $2.83 million activity. Its up 0.17, from 0.89 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 41 investors sold AFL shares while 286 reduced holdings. 95 funds amassed positions and 250 increased positions. Funds hold 256.45 million shares thus 2.31% more from 2017Q3's 250.65 million shares. Blair William Il owns 16,064 shares for 0.01% of their portfolio. Endurance Wealth Mgmt Inc reported 150 shares.

Press coverage about Aflac (NYSE:AFL) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports.

Aflac (NYSE:AFL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 31st. 10,000 Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shs with value of $437,155 were sold by KNAPP CHARLES B. Cleararc Cap holds 15,118 shares. Mufg Americas Corp holds 0.03% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 9,681 shares. Bkd Wealth Advsrs Ltd Company reported 3,398 shares. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department has invested 0.1% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Whittier Tru Co Of Nevada Inc reported 0.06% stake. Assetmark reported 238 shares. Kepos Ltd Partnership reported 22,069 shares. $178,090 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was bought by Lloyd Karole. 477.30 million shares or 0.36% less from 479.04 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Therefore 19% are positive. Aflac had a return on equity of 13.10% and a net margin of 11.79%. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Thursday, December 21 with "Hold" rating. Bank of America upgraded it to "Buy" rating and $64.0 target in Tuesday, January 9 report. The stock now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $44.68. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Aflac from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Monday, March 19th. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Sector Perform" on Tuesday, February 2. They issued a "neutral" rating and a $49.00 target price on the stock. The stock has "Outperform" rating by Northland Capital on Thursday, October 22. The company was maintained on Monday, July 10 by RBC Capital Markets. On Thursday, February 1 the stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned "Hold" rating by Sandler O'Neill. The financial services provider reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.02. The company reported $1.46 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.63 by $0.17. The firm's revenue for the quarter was down 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Aflac will post 3.89 EPS for the current year.

Strs Ohio, which manages about $23.41B US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Atlas Air Worldwide Hldg by 23,000 shares to 80,000 shares, valued at $4.69M in 2017Q4, according to the filing. Mu Investments has risen its stake in and also increased its holding in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc by 78,400 shares in the quarter, for a total of 78,730 shares.

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