Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, insurance giant AFLAC
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at AFLAC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Columbus, Ga. (1955)|
|Market Cap||$26.8 billion|
|Industry||Life and health insurance|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$20.73 billion|
|Management||CEO Daniel Amos (since 1990)
CFO Kriss Cloninger III (since 1992)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||20.1%|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Late last month, gartersnk tapped AFLAC as a rather stable income opportunity: "Solid long term dividend payer, consistent growth. Cornerstone stock in a dividend portfolio, financial sector pick. Provides stability and is an industry leader -- required qualities for a cornerstone."
In fact, AFLAC's three-year average return on equity (20.1%) easily tops that of competitors AIG (-40.9%), MetLife (4.5%), and Prudential (7.2%), as well as other big life insurance stocks like Manulife
CAPS member Dun1301 touches on the big tailwind working in the stock's favor:
AFLAC is a provider of supplemental insurance. With the government mandating companies provide some sort of insurance to its employees many will be seeking to supplement these insurance with plans that provide a comprehensive care package. Along with this potential growth spurred by Government regulation AFLAC has been paying a dividend to its investors. ... This makes it a very attractive long term stock that regularly outperforms the market.
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