Updated Investment Thesis On Aflac Incorporated (AFL), Tribune Media Company (TRCO)

It is expected that in Dec 2018 quarter AFL will have an EPS of $0.94, while that of Mar 2019 is projected at $1.04. It means that there could be a 17.5% and -0.95% growth in the two quarters respectively. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 20% to about $4.08. As for the coming year, growth will be about 1.47%, lifting earnings to $4.14. RSI after the last trading period was 39.96. AFL recorded a change of -3.99% over the past week and returned -7.12% over the last three months while the AFL stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -0.37%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -0.77%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -4.66% while the shares have moved -0.84% for the past 12 months.

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL)’s EPS was $1.03 as reported for the September quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.85. That means that its growth in general now stands at 21%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.99 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 4%. AFL Sep 18 quarter revenue was $5.49 billion, compared to $5.51 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 0% growth rate. The company’s -$0.02 billion revenue decline that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Aflac Incorporated (AFL) currently trades at $43.55, which is lower by -1.67% its previous price. It has a total of 755.62 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.94. The company’s stock volume rose to 5.25 million, better than 3.29 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -3.99% in its price means AFL is now -0.77% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43096.45 since its $48.19 52-week high price recorded on 24th of September 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -0.84 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $2.14 above the 52 week low of $41.41 set on 9th of February 2018.

4 analysts out of 16 Wall Street brokerage firms rate AFL stock as a Buy, while 2 see it as a Sell. The rest 10 describe it as a Hold. The stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $43.88. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $42.6569. Analysts have set AFL’s consensus price at $46.57, effectively giving it a 6.93% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $53 (up 21.7% from current price levels). AFL has a 20.8% ROE.

Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) shares appreciated 0.31% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 14.35%. AFL’s price now at $44.95 is greater than the 50-day average of $38.79. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $37.97 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 87.32 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 87.64 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.38%, while institutional investors hold about 96% of the remaining shares. AFL share price finished last trade 13.61% above its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 18.41%, while closing the session with 16.29% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Tribune Media Company (TRCO) shares were last observed trading -0.35% down the peak of $45.11. Last month’s price growth of 16.69% puts TRCO performance for the year now at 5.84%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 42.2%, a 52-week worst price. However, it is regaining value with 24.72% in the last 6 months.

TRCO’s beta is 1.27; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $3.9 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $498.01 million, which was 11% versus $450.53 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Sep 18 quarter came in at $0.63 compared to $0.31 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 103% year-over-year earnings per share growth. TRCO’s ROA is 7.5%, lower than the 8.02% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 7.15%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) are around $1.2 per share in three months through December with $0.37 also the estimate for March quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 48.15% and -27.45%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 137.59%, the target being $3.35 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to -41.79%, more likely to see it hit the $1.95 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 31.7%. TRCO ranks lower in comparison to an average of 34.42% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 13.96%.