Aflac The insurance company reported on Jan. 31 fourth-quarter earnings of $546 million, or $1.17 a share, which rose from profit of $437 million, or 92 cents a share, a year earlier. "Aflac's 4Q operating EPS was $0.03 below consensus/$0.04 below us, but we believe that half of the disappointment was a function of currency and the other half was a function of unusually high IT and advertising spending, which management had provided guidance on following the 3Q earnings report," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 2 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.7% Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 22.15% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $55.99. The stock closed Thursday at $49.03 and has risen 13.34% year to date.