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Aflac

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Aflac attracts a defensive option play

Aflac attracts a defensive option play. The stock up 14c to $45.55 and 17.8K Aug 40 - 47.5 risk-reversals trade at 24c. The investor is apparently selling calls, buying puts, and perhaps placing a 'collar' around a stock position. The blocks will create some of the largest open interest blocks in AFL (just behind the 18.9K at the Jan 33.75 call strike) and capture earnings in late-July. Shares edged up .6% to $45.68 on 4/26/18 after the last report and saw some weakness in early-May along with the broader market, but are well off lows seen in mid-January when shares were rattled by an Intercept report suggesting the company manipulated its accounting.

AFL Aflac
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On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Home Depot (HD), Lowe's (LOW), Tempur Sealy (TPX), Mohawk (MHK), Lumber Liquidators (LL) and Michaels (MIK) initiated with a Hold at Loop Capital. The firm also started Fortune Brands (FBHS) and Wayfair (W) with a Buy. 2. Aflac (AFL), Lincoln National (LNC), Brighthouse Financial (BHF), MetLife (MET) Unum (UNM), Principal Financial (PFG) and Reinsurance Group (RGA) initiated with a Neutral at UBS. The firm also initiated Voya (VOYA) and FGL Holdings (FG) with a Buy and Torchmark (TMK) and American Equity (AEL) with a Sell. 3. HP Enterprise (HPE) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan. 4. Caterpillar (CAT), Deere (DE), United Rentals (URI) and Wabco (WBC) initiated with an Overweight, Oshkosh (OSK), Terex (TEX), Cummins (CMI), CNH Industrial (CNHI) and REV Group (REVG) initiated with an Equal Weight and Paccar (PCAR) and Agco (AGCO) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley. 5. Conatus (CNAT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
03/26/18
BOFA
03/26/18
INITIATION
Target $49
BOFA
Neutral
Aflac reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Jay Cohen reinstated coverage of the U.S. Life insurance sector with a positive view, as he believes that the favorable macro backdrop, shifting product mixes, reasonable market conditions and restructuring should support solid performance for many in the sector. As part of that, he started Aflac with a Neutral rating and $49 price target.
04/25/18
FBCO
04/25/18
INITIATION
Target $49
FBCO
Neutral
Aflac initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Andrew Kligerman started Aflac with a Neutral rating and $49 price target saying that while investors should appreciate its attractive products, thoughtful strategies, capital management, and unparalleled transparency, the stock appears fairly valued.
04/26/18
JPMS
04/26/18
NO CHANGE
Target $47
JPMS
Overweight
Aflac shares less attractive following recent rally, says JPMorgan
Aflac's earnings beat expectations in Q1, but business trends were weaker than anticipated, JPMorgan analyst Jimmy Bhullar tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes the results were marked by strong underwriting margins, lower than assumed share buybacks, and poor Japan and U.S. sales. The analyst, while keeping an Overweight rating on Aflac with a $47 price target, is less bullish following the stock's significant outperformance.

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