Aflac (AFL) Q1 Earnings to Gain From Higher US Segment Sales
'Its quarterly revenues and earnings are expected to improve year over year.', 'The company boasts an attractive earnings surprise history, having surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, with an average positive surprise of 5.88%.', 'Our proven model indicates that chances of Aflac beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate are high as it has the right combination of the two key ingredients — positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) or better.', 'The persistent low interest rate environment has led the company to deemphasize sales of first-sector (life insurance) products in Japan and emphasize sale of third sector products. However, third sector sales is expected to be down in the first half of the year and especially in the first quarter, due to the introduction of one refreshed core medical product in the first quarter of 2017, driving sales increase.'