AFLAC (AFL) Stock Rating Reaffirmed at KBW; The $48.0 Target Indicates 5.45% Potential; Cerner (CERN) Shorts Up By 11.91%

March 20, 2018 - By Louis Casey

Among 20 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 3 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 15% are positive. Aflac Incorporated has $100.0 highest and $7 lowest target. $79.50’s average target is 74.65% above currents $45.52 stock price. Aflac Incorporated had 53 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Deutsche Bank maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Monday, December 5 with “Hold” rating. The rating was downgraded by Sandler O’Neill on Monday, May 23 to “Hold”. The firm has “Hold” rating by Sandler O’Neill given on Friday, December 11. Credit Suisse initiated Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Friday, October 7 with “Underperform” rating. The company was maintained on Monday, July 31 by RBC Capital Markets. On Monday, October 9 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Sell”. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 9 by Wells Fargo. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 27 by Wells Fargo. Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the shares of AFL in report on Friday, May 20 to “Mkt Perform” rating. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Market Perform” rating given on Thursday, August 27 by Wood.

Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) had an increase of 11.91% in short interest. CERN’s SI was 10.41 million shares in March as released by FINRA. Its up 11.91% from 9.30 million shares previously. With 2.64 million avg volume, 4 days are for Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN)’s short sellers to cover CERN’s short positions. The SI to Cerner Corporation’s float is 3.28%. The stock decreased 1.64% or $0.99 during the last trading session, reaching $59.4. About 1.84M shares traded. Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) has risen 19.54% since March 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 2.84% the S&P500.

Analysts await Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) to report earnings on April, 26. They expect $1.91 earnings per share, up 14.37% or $0.24 from last year’s $1.67 per share. AFL’s profit will be $1.49B for 5.96 P/E if the $1.91 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.60 actual earnings per share reported by Aflac Incorporated for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 19.38% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.17, from 0.89 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 44 investors sold Aflac Incorporated shares while 297 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 232 raised stakes. 250.65 million shares or 1.32% less from 254.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 10,619 are held by Cibc Mkts. Vaughan David Invests Il holds 1.02% or 255,218 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Cullinan has 0.78% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 124,300 shares. 5,030 are held by Pinnacle Wealth Advisory Grp Inc. Tru Department Mb Bancorp N A holds 0% or 463 shares in its portfolio. Sand Hill Glob Advisors Lc accumulated 4,000 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Covington Invest Advisors Inc reported 54,938 shares. 25,504 are held by Eads Heald Counsel. Whittier Trust Of Nevada has invested 0.06% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Curbstone Fincl Management holds 0.24% or 10,250 shares. Moreover, Sterling Mgmt Ltd Company has 0.04% invested in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt accumulated 16,260 shares. Patten Inc accumulated 6 shares or 0.03% of the stock. Broderick Brian C holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) for 3,995 shares. Butensky & Cohen Security holds 20,298 shares or 1.47% of its portfolio.

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 $35.48 billion. It operates through two divisions, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. It has a 7.89 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.

The stock increased 1.83% or $0.82 during the last trading session, reaching $45.52. About 1.50 million shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 7.68% since March 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.02% the S&P500.

Since September 21, 2017, it had 2 insider purchases, and 5 insider sales for $2.45 million activity. HUDSON ELIZABETH J also sold $107,132 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. The insider AMOS DANIEL P sold 24,983 shares worth $2.24 million. $25,907 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) was sold by TILLMAN AUDREY B. CLONINGER KRISS III sold $2.10 million worth of stock or 25,000 shares. 550 shares were bought by MOSKOWITZ JOSEPH L, worth $49,022 on Tuesday, February 20. Daniels James Todd sold $50,525 worth of stock. 2,648 Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares with value of $239,194 were sold by HOWARD JUNE P.

Since December 13, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 4 insider sales for $37.88 million activity. 50,000 shares were sold by BURKE ZANE M, worth $3.50M on Wednesday, December 13. TOWNSEND JEFFREY A had sold 230,000 shares worth $14.25M. $279,560 worth of Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) was sold by Battaglioli Michael R. on Wednesday, December 13. 307,700 shares valued at $19.85M were sold by ILLIG CLIFFORD W on Wednesday, March 7.

Cerner Corporation designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports health care information technology, health care devices, hardware, and content solutions for health care organizations and clients in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $19.76 billion. The firm offers Cerner Millennium architecture, which includes clinical, financial, and management information systems that allow providers to access an individualÂ’s electronic health record at the point of care, and organizes and delivers information for physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, front- and back-office professionals, and consumers. It has a 23.11 P/E ratio. It also provides HealtheIntent platform, a cloud platform that enables organizations to aggregate, transform, and reconcile data across the continuum of care, as well as assists to enhance outcomes and lower costs.

Among 28 analysts covering Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 15 Hold. Therefore 46% are positive. Cerner Corporation had 102 analyst reports since August 5, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 5 by Evercore. The rating was upgraded by Robert W. Baird to “Outperform” on Tuesday, October 31. Suntrust Robinson upgraded the shares of CERN in report on Thursday, June 23 to “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Tuesday, July 4. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, July 27 by Canaccord Genuity. RBC Capital Markets upgraded Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) on Thursday, January 7 to “Top Pick” rating. The stock of Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Friday, October 27. The stock of Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) earned “Hold” rating by Argus Research on Tuesday, March 13. The rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital on Thursday, January 19 to “Equal Weight”. The stock of Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) earned “Buy” rating by Topeka Capital Markets on Tuesday, September 8.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.05 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.07, from 0.98 in 2017Q2. It increased, as 44 investors sold Cerner Corporation shares while 209 reduced holdings. 59 funds opened positions while 190 raised stakes. 263.89 million shares or 3.63% more from 254.64 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Mitsubishi Ufj Tru Bk reported 609,126 shares or 0.08% of all its holdings. Nordea Invest Management reported 15,049 shares stake. Advisor Prtnrs Limited Liability Com accumulated 0.05% or 3,703 shares. Neville Rodie And Shaw reported 0.06% stake. Whittier Trust Of Nevada reported 15,533 shares or 0.1% of all its holdings. Transamerica Fincl invested 0% in Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN). Swiss Comml Bank holds 1.09M shares. Kentucky Retirement Ins Tru Fund holds 0.1% of its portfolio in Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) for 7,774 shares. Brown Advisory Inc owns 18,718 shares or 0% of their US portfolio. Foster Motley reported 15,772 shares. 44,303 are owned by Kanawha Cap Mngmt Ltd Liability Corporation. 54,431 are held by Kcm Inv Limited Liability Company. 17,980 are held by Dupont Cap Mngmt Corporation. The New York-based Rockefeller Services has invested 1.93% in Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN). Barclays Plc reported 0.04% of its portfolio in Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN).

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