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American Financial Group, Inc (AFG) is a leading insurance-property & casualty business based in the US. It opened the day at $70.82 after a previous close of $70.61. During the day the price has varied from a low of $70.12 to a high of $72.75. The latest price was $70.68 (25 minute delay). American Financial Group is listed on the NYSE and employs 7,700 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in American Financial Group

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AFG in this case.
  5. Research American Financial Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your American Financial Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted American Financial Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, American Financial Group's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $70.79, which is 35.84% down on its pre-crash value of $110.34 and 60.85% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $44.01.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of American Financial Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $445.09 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $646.31.

American Financial Group share price

Use our graph to track the performance of AFG stocks over time.

American Financial Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-06.
Open$70.82
High$72.75
Low$70.12
Close$70.68
Previous close$70.61
Change $0.07
Change % 0.099%
Volume 370,406
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range$42.1278 - $110.1104
50-day moving average $88.1018
200-day moving average $71.6992
Wall St. target price$98
PE ratio 31.5454
Dividend yield $2 (2.28%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.776
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
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£119.88
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Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
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£100
0.75%
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
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0.12%
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
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Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
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£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
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£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
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0.5% - 0.95%
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Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
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0.75-0.88%
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Is it a good time to buy American Financial Group stock?

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American Financial Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $70.68

1 week (2021-01-08) -22.38%
1 month (2020-12-16) -18.84%
3 months (2020-10-16) -0.69%
6 months (2020-07-16) 11.61%
1 year (2020-01-16) -36.15%
2 years (2019-01-16) -25.21%
3 years (2018-01-16) -35.03%
5 years (2016-01-15) 5.43%

Is American Financial Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing American Financial Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Financial Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

American Financial Group's P/E ratio

American Financial Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 32x. In other words, American Financial Group shares trade at around 32x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

American Financial Group's PEG ratio

American Financial Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.78. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into American Financial Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

American Financial Group's EBITDA

American Financial Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $983 million (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a American Financial Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

American Financial Group financials

Revenue TTM $7.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.26%
Gross profit TTM $1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.59%
Return on equity TTM 3.44%
Profit margin 3.46%
Book value $72.651
Market capitalisation $7.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell American Financial Group shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "AFG.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 827,081 American Financial Group shares held short by investors – that's known as American Financial Group's "short interest". This figure is 7.9% down from 897,625 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting American Financial Group shares can be evaluated.

American Financial Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

American Financial Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of American Financial Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of American Financial Group shares traded daily (recently around 411483.08457711). American Financial Group's SIR currently stands at 2.01. In other words for every 100,000 American Financial Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2010 shares are currently held short.

However American Financial Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of American Financial Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable American Financial Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case American Financial Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 American Financial Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0134% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable American Financial Group shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against American Financial Group.

Find out more about how you can short American Financial Group stock.

American Financial Group's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like American Financial Group.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

American Financial Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and American Financial Group's overall score of 34 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 57th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like American Financial Group is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

American Financial Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.2/100

American Financial Group's environmental score of 9.2 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Financial Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

American Financial Group's social score

Social score: 14.87/100

American Financial Group's social score of 14.87 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Financial Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

American Financial Group's governance score

Governance score: 22.43/100

American Financial Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that American Financial Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

American Financial Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, American Financial Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that American Financial Group has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

American Financial Group, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 34
Total ESG percentile 56.92
Environmental score 9.2
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 14.87
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 22.43
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 1

American Financial Group share dividends

45%

Dividend payout ratio: 44.74% of net profits

Recently American Financial Group has paid out, on average, around 44.74% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.28% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Financial Group shareholders could enjoy a 2.28% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Financial Group's case, that would currently equate to about $2 per share.

While American Financial Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that American Financial Group may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

American Financial Group's most recent dividend payout was on 29 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have American Financial Group's shares ever split?

American Financial Group's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 18 December 2006. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your American Financial Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Financial Group shares which in turn could have impacted American Financial Group's share price.

American Financial Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, American Financial Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $42.1278 up to $110.1104. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AFG.US volatility(beta: 0.92)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Financial Group's is 0.9165. This would suggest that American Financial Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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American Financial Group overview

American Financial Group, Inc., an insurance holding company, provides property and casualty insurance products in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Property and Casualty Insurance, Annuity, and Other. It offers property and transportation insurance products, such as physical damage and liability coverage for buses, trucks, inland and ocean marine, agricultural-related products, and other commercial property coverages; specialty casualty insurance, including primarily excess and surplus, general liability, executive and professional liability, umbrella and excess liability, and specialty coverage in targeted markets, as well as customized programs for small to mid-sized businesses and workers' compensation insurance; and specialty financial insurance products comprising risk management insurance programs for lending and leasing institutions, surety and fidelity products, and trade credit insurance. The company sells its property and casualty insurance products through independent insurance agents and brokers, as well as through employee agents. It also provides traditional fixed, fixed-indexed, and variable-indexed annuities to the retail, financial institutions, registered investment advisor, and education markets. In addition, the company engages in the commercial real estate operations in Cincinnati, Whitefield, New Hampshire, Chesapeake Bay, Charleston, and Palm Beach. American Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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