Next Stock Purchase – Aflac (NYSE: AFL)

My next stock purchase will be an insurance company, Aflac – ticker AFL.  The company is an insurance powerhouse in Japan and the United States providing supplemental medical and other insurance products.  Aflac has powerful brand awareness within Japan and most of its revenue comes from the Japanese market.  Living in Japan, I can attest to the brand’s popularity.

The company pays a moderately decent dividend of 2.3% and has a P/E of a little over 10.  This is considered a value stock and because of the dividend and low P/E, I feel the downside risk is lower relative to the overall market.

Aflac has a Motley Fool CAPS rating of 4 out of 5 stars.  Sales and profits have been rising at a healthy clip for many years and they have a strong investment portfolio.  Also, with the recent dip in the stock price due to the Japan crisis, I feel now is a great opportunity to buy.  It is also one of S&P 500 stocks with the biggest gap between market price of $52.65 per share versus analyst estimate price of $65.77 per share.  If the analyst are to be believed, I would be getting this stock at about a 20% discount, not too shabby.  In the meantime, as I wait for the market to catch up with the true value of the company, I can continue collect my 2.3% annual dividend.

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