Aflac (AFL) to pay $0.26 on Jun 1, 2018; Atmos Energy (ATO) Sentiment Is 1.19

May 21, 2018 - By Louis Casey

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Atmos Energy Corp (ATO) investors sentiment decreased to 1.19 in Q4 2017. It’s down -0.04, from 1.23 in 2017Q3. The ratio dropped, as 167 investment managers started new and increased holdings, while 140 sold and trimmed stock positions in Atmos Energy Corp. The investment managers in our database now own: 78.37 million shares, up from 72.41 million shares in 2017Q3. Also, the number of investment managers holding Atmos Energy Corp in top ten holdings increased from 4 to 5 for an increase of 1. Sold All: 31 Reduced: 109 Increased: 110 New Position: 57.

Aflac Inc (NYSE:AFL) is expected to pay $0.26 on Jun 1, 2018. (NYSE:AFL) shareholders before May 22, 2018 will receive the $0.26 dividend. Aflac Inc’s current price of $45.39 translates into 0.57% yield. Aflac Inc’s dividend has May 23, 2018 as record date. Apr 25, 2018 is the announcement. The stock decreased 0.31% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $45.39. About 3.05 million shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 21.05% since May 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 9.50% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.17, from 0.89 in 2017Q3. It increased, as 41 investors sold Aflac Incorporated shares while 286 reduced holdings. 95 funds opened positions while 250 raised stakes. 256.45 million shares or 2.31% more from 250.65 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Fil Limited holds 5,218 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Carret Asset Management Ltd Liability Company holds 0.07% or 5,408 shares. Town & Country Savings Bank Dba First Bankers Trust reported 2,429 shares or 0.11% of all its holdings. Plante Moran Fincl Advsr Lc reported 216 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Hills Bankshares And stated it has 0.11% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). The New York-based Qs Lc has invested 0.14% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Credit Suisse Ag holds 698,483 shares. Citadel Lc reported 61,312 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Baker Avenue Asset Limited Partnership accumulated 16,163 shares or 0.14% of the stock. Jnba Financial Advisors has 332,879 shares. Lyrical Asset Mngmt Limited Partnership holds 3.86% or 3.60M shares in its portfolio. Prentiss Smith & holds 0% or 62 shares. Denali Ltd Limited Liability Company has 168,605 shares for 2.3% of their portfolio. Bankshares Of Montreal Can invested in 661,391 shares or 0.05% of the stock. Da Davidson & reported 26,895 shares stake.

Another recent and important Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “Aflac: Excellent Management Offers 50% Upside” on May 17, 2018.

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. The company has market cap of $35.14 billion. It operates through two divisions, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. It has a 7.87 P/E ratio. The Aflac Japan segment offers various 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.

Among 22 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 5 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 23% are positive. Aflac Incorporated has $100.0 highest and $7 lowest target. $66.15’s average target is 45.74% above currents $45.39 stock price. Aflac Incorporated had 60 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Hold” rating given on Friday, December 11 by Sandler O’Neill. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold” on Thursday, December 21. Deutsche Bank maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) rating on Monday, December 5. Deutsche Bank has “Hold” rating and $7 target. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, March 21 by Barclays Capital. The company was maintained on Tuesday, March 27 by JP Morgan. The rating was downgraded by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Friday, May 20 to “Mkt Perform”. The rating was maintained by Raymond James with “” on Wednesday, April 19. The rating was maintained by Sandler O’Neill on Thursday, April 5 with “Hold”. Citigroup upgraded the shares of AFL in report on Thursday, September 10 to “Buy” rating. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Thursday, October 26.

Since February 16, 2018, it had 2 insider purchases, and 4 selling transactions for $2.81 million activity. Another trade for 2,648 shares valued at $239,194 was made by HOWARD JUNE P on Wednesday, February 28. Another trade for 2,000 shares valued at $178,090 was made by Lloyd Karole on Tuesday, February 20. KNAPP CHARLES B sold $437,155 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Monday, March 26. On Wednesday, February 28 TILLMAN AUDREY B sold $117,123 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) or 1,300 shares. 550 Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares with value of $49,022 were bought by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L. AMOS DANIEL P had sold 24,983 shares worth $2.24 million on Friday, February 16.

The stock increased 0.01% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $84.91. About 393,904 shares traded. Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) has risen 3.51% since May 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 8.04% the S&P500.

Analysts await Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) to report earnings on August, 1. They expect $0.65 earnings per share, down 2.99% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.67 per share. ATO’s profit will be $72.20M for 32.66 P/E if the $0.65 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.57 actual earnings per share reported by Atmos Energy Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -58.60% negative EPS growth.

More news for Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) were recently published by: Globenewswire.com, which released: “New Research Coverage Highlights Assurant, Williams Partners, Atmos Energy, Nationstar Mortgage, Applied …” on May 15, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s article titled: “Atmos Energy Corporation’s (ATO) CEO Mike Haefner on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript” and published on May 05, 2018 is yet another important article.

Ratings analysis reveals 100% of Atmos Energy’s analysts are positive. Out of 2 Wall Street analysts rating Atmos Energy, 2 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 0 recommend “Hold”. ATO was included in 2 notes of analysts from October 31, 2016. The stock of Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) earned “Buy” rating by Seaport Global Securities on Friday, November 18. The company was upgraded on Monday, October 31 by Argus Research.

Atmos Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution, transmission, and storage of natural gas in the United States. The company has market cap of $9.43 billion. It operates in three divisions: Regulated Distribution, Regulated Pipeline, and Nonregulated. It has a 15.53 P/E ratio. The Regulated Distribution segment is involved in regulated natural gas distribution and related sales operations.

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