|Bid||40.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 4000|
|Day's Range||43.96 - 44.71|
|52 Week Range||41.41 - 48.19|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.77|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||7.23|
|Earnings Date||Jan 29, 2019 - Feb 4, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.04 (2.31%)|
|1y Target Est||46.57|
Dependable dividend stocks that routinely grow their payouts are welcome in any environment. But they seem especially attractive nowadays. Stock market volatility is back with a vengeance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went from powering ahead to an all-time high of 26,828 on Oct. 3 to losing 8% in the span of about three weeks. These kinds of rocky markets tend to give investors motion sickness. But they can add a dose of Dramamine to their portfolios - in the form of reliable dividend-growth stocks. "Dividend growers, which tend to be quality companies, have generally shown greater resilience in unsteady markets and could address concerns about dividend stocks in a rising-rate environment," write Tianyin Cheng, director of strategy and ESG Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices; and Vinit Srivastava, head of strategy and ESG indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "This argument applies to not only to the U.S. large-cap space, but it also extends to small- and mid-cap segments and international markets." Dividend stocks - both at home and abroad - with long track records of rock-solid rising payments tend to generate superior returns over long periods of time and can help investors weather shorter periods of market turbulence. This is a look at the most reliable long-term dividend stocks in the world. Dubbed the "Dividend Aristocrats," they have raised dividends for at least five straight years (Canadian firms), 10 years (E.U.-based firms) or 25 years (U.S. companies). Such stocks provide reliable and rising income streams - and a sense of security that will help you sleep better at night. We've listed them here alphabetically; take a look. SEE ALSO: 25 Stocks Every Retiree Should Own
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to Aflac, a committed corporate ally in helping defeat childhood cancer, and country music stars Maddie & Tae, Country Music's Biggest NightTM turned into an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for one special pediatric cancer patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Five-year-old Caroline Lantz and her family were surprised with VIP tickets, a day filled with glam and the royal red-carpet experience leading up to the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 14, 2018. "We loved getting to team up with Aflac to surprise Caroline and her family with tickets to join us at the CMAs this year," said Maddie & Tae.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading up to Country Music's Biggest Night™, Aflac hosted an exclusive VIP event, in partnership with PEOPLE, at the renowned Bluebird Café featuring CMA-nominated duo Dan + Shay and rising star Morgan Evans. "We've had such an incredible year so far, and performing at a venue as iconic as The Bluebird Café, alongside our friend Morgan Evans, is the perfect way to celebrate CMA Week," CMA-nominated duo Dan + Shay said. "It's always a thrill to perform at the legendary Bluebird Café – an experience like no other," said Morgan Evans.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Country Music's Biggest Night™, Aflac hosted a special event, in partnership with PEOPLE, featuring chart-topping artist RaeLynn. The event provided some entertainment for pediatric patients being treated at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. "I know what it's like to face health challenges as a child, so I'm truly honored and excited to support Aflac in creating this memorable experience today," said RaeLynn, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, announced today the initial launch of its latest lump sum critical illness insurance policy, which has been redesigned to include new riders and a wider range of benefits to offer a holistic approach to recovery and care. With the latest lump sum critical illness insurance policy, Aflac is expanding its direct-to-consumer portfolio, further opening up the voluntary insurance market to millions of Americans by expanding the way consumers can access benefits. As more American workers build careers outside of the traditional workplace as freelancers, contractors, self-employed solopreneurs and in startups, Aflac is making more and more plans available to everyone, no matter where or how they work.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today delivered My Special Aflac Duck™ to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care. Today's first-ever delivery to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt follows more than 18 months of child-centered research conducted with children, parents and medical providers at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States and a committed corporate ally in the cause to help defeat childhood cancer, today introduced its 2018 Aflac Holiday Duck. One hundred percent of net proceeds from sales of the limited-edition plush at select Macy's nationwide and online benefit The Aflac Foundation, Inc. and will be distributed to participating hospitals across the country providing treatment and care to children with cancer. This year's edition of the popular holiday keepsake collection features the Aflac Duck wearing a warm red hat topped by a fluffy pompom and wrapped in a red and white striped scarf.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate Country Music's Biggest Night™, Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today announced a series of exclusive events the company will host across Music City for special country music fans. For the first time, My Special Aflac Duck™ – an innovative robotic companion designed to help children cope with cancer – will be delivered to children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Company and hospital executives, dignitaries and invited guests will attend a playful event that includes a ceremony and a fun scavenger hunt for children to find their very own My Special Aflac Duck.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated (AFL) announced today that it will webcast its 2019 outlook conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Monday, December 3, 2018. During the teleconference, members of Aflac's management team will discuss the 2019 outlook for the company's business, operations and financial results. For more than six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress.
Companies are reviewing basic security protocols following a Department of Homeland Security warning this month about active threats targeting managed service providers, which many businesses use to outsource services such as cloud functions and website management. Large firms in a range of sectors rely on managed service providers to carry out security and technology operations, generally at a lower cost than if they assigned those tasks to in-house staff. Because managed service providers may process and store their customers’ data, they’ve recently become the focus of nation-state hackers who attempt to move within these companies’ networks to gain access to their multinational clients.
NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2018 -- In new independent research reports released early this morning, Market Source Research released its latest key findings for all current investors,.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In what he describes – tongue firmly in cheek – as "one of the toughest interviews I've ever done," Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos, the second longest tenured CEO in the Fortune 200 and four-time recipient of the Harvard Business Review's recognition as one of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World, recently sat down at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Georgia, for an interview with 11-year-old cancer survivor Chloe Davison of Grants Pass, Oregon. In this "hard-hitting" examination, they covered several crucial topics such as where Amos' dogs sleep when his wife is traveling, how the Aflac Duck came to be and My Special Aflac Duck™ – a robotic duck designed to help children cope with cancer that Aflac is giving to every newly diagnosed child with cancer, between the ages of 3-13, free of charge.
The proceeds of the notes are expected to be used to redeem Aflac's $550 million 2.40% senior notes due 2020 and for general corporate purposes. The debt offering is a drawdown from a shelf registration filed on September 7, 2018. Additionally, the rating agency has assigned a (P)A3 provisional senior unsecured shelf rating and a (P)Baa1 provisional subordinated shelf rating to the shelf registration.
A.M. Best has assigned indicative Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of “a-” to senior unsecured debt and “bbb+” to subordinated debt securities under the recently filed universal shelf registration of Aflac Incorporated (Aflac) (Columbus, GA) [NYSE:AFL]. Concurrently, A.M. Best has assigned a Long-Term IR of “a-” to the recently priced $550 million fixed 4.750% senior unsecured notes due 2049 of Aflac. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (rating) is stable.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac Incorporated announced today that it has priced $550 million principal amount of fixed-rate, senior notes due 2049 (the "2049 senior notes") with a coupon of 4.750%. The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to fund all or a portion of the redemption price of its 2.400% Senior Notes due 2020 (the "2020 senior notes"), of which $550,000,000 principal amount are outstanding. The company intends to use proceeds in excess of such redemption price, if any, for general corporate purposes.
Dividend stocks that can be counted on to raise their payouts annually never go out of style, but they're even more compelling given today's investing landscape. Investment strategists at S&P Dow Jones Indices note that stocks with long histories of dividend growth can be an investor's best friend amid market volatility and rising interest rates. "Dividend growth stocks tend to be of higher quality than those of the broader market in terms of earnings quality," write S&P strategists Tianyin Cheng and Vinit Srivastava. "Quite simply, when a company is reliably able to boost its dividend for years or even decades, this may suggest it has a certain amount of financial strength and discipline." And don't forget: steady dividend hikes not only make a stock more alluring to new income investors, but also reward existing investors with increasingly higher yields on shares purchased at lower prices in the past. The Dividend Aristocrats are companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have hiked their payouts every year for at least 25 consecutive years. They exemplify a winning formula for investing in dividend growth stocks. Here are the current Dividend Aristocrats - a list of household names that offer size, longevity and familiarity, providing comfort amid market uncertainty. These are 53 of the best dividend stocks to start looking at for investors seeking out high-quality companies to add to their long-term portfolios. SEE ALSO: The 50 Best Stocks of All Time
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HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At an event designed to bring warmth and joy to children facing cancer, Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at U.S. worksites, yesterday delivered My Special Aflac DuckTM to The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care. Tuesday's first-ever delivery to the MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital follows more than 18 months of child-centered research conducted with children, parents and medical providers at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.