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Aflac, Inc. (AFL) - - Forecast & Opinion
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This fine / quality Company is just one of the S&P - 500 (Large - Cap) Component Companies that is currently on my focus list for Comparative Analytics. After I do a "Reality Check" I can very accurately Forecast the short-term direction of any Company / ETF. This is how I seek Consistent Annual Profits by separating the currently "Favorable" from the "Un-Favorable Companies / ETFs. As you know, at different time frames, there is a Bullish / Bearing Cycling of Companies within the General Stock Market. My Analytics have (AFL) on both on my "Hold" and "Favorable" Asset-Management Lists. It has an improving Fundamental Valuation, and fortunately, it Technically remains Strong.
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My Reality Check for: Aflac, Inc. -- (AFL)
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The Company has fundamentally been on Good times, which is reflected in its current selling price. It is selling on or near a high of $62.
So, where is it going (price wise) from here?
Answer: It is Topping, but don't get nervous quite yet. (Feel free to let me know if you are interested in my Guidance and Direction on this or perhaps another security).
Fundamentals: (My "Old-Fashioned Valuations Methods" (which demand comparative Excellence) must first be - in Place before Taking Positions). My projected Earnings Growth "Valuations" for (AFL) is clearly ASCENDING. Stay with me - Fundamental Valuations are very important if you want consistent Profits.
Until more recently the current Price / Earnings Ratio (P/E) and Price of (AFL) has kept up with many other stronger S&P Companies, and that is not currently good enough to become a confident Buyer.
Technicals: (My "Unique and Time-Tested Technical Indicators" (which also demand comparative Excellence) and also must first be - in Place before Taking Positions). My current Technical "Indicators" for (AFL) are all pointing to Short-Term (one - three months) - TOPPING. Buying is definitely not the prudent thing to do at this time and price.
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Forecast and Opinion
Forecast: My (most current) Focus suggests that the price is TOPPING in the Short-Term (one - three months). It - (AFL) is on an Initial - Bearish "Warning" and on my List to HOLD for now?
Opinion: HOLD. If you own Aflac, Inc. - be prepared to take Profits or Losses (in other words - go to Cash - Hold-Cash) after the next Rally. (Cash in your money-market account may bother you because of the low interest, but remember, you are more "bothered" when you lose money due to poor judgment on your part or from poor or misleading advice!)
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