Shares of Aflac stock pushed to a 52-week high of $55.10 on Thursday before settling to a close of $54.94.
It was the second consecutive day the Columbus-based supplemental insurer’s stock tasted the higher ground, beating its Wednesday high of $54.97.
The year’s previous high — before this week — of $54.93 came on Dec. 12, while the company registered its low of $38.13 for the past 12 months last summmer, on June 4.
Aflac’s good news on the New York Stock Exchange follows the firm’s first-quarter earnings report last week, one in which it reported a profit of $892 million, an increase of nearly 14 percent from the same January-March period in 2012.
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The company, which sells health and life insurance policies in the U.S. and Japan, also said it will pay a quarterly cash dividend of 35 cents per share.
— Tony Adams