Media coverage about Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) has been trending positive this week, according to InfoTrie. InfoTrie rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Estee Lauder Companies earned a coverage optimism score of 2.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the company an news buzz score of 6 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Estee Lauder Companies’ ranking:

Shares of Estee Lauder Companies stock traded down $1.46 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $140.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,962,765 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,521,334. The stock has a market cap of $52.27 billion, a PE ratio of 31.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a quick ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 1.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76. Estee Lauder Companies has a 1-year low of $121.93 and a 1-year high of $158.80.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The company reported $1.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.22 by $0.19. The firm had revenue of $3.52 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.48 billion. Estee Lauder Companies had a return on equity of 38.29% and a net margin of 8.48%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.21 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Estee Lauder Companies will post 4.83 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 17th. Investors of record on Friday, November 30th will be given a dividend of $0.43 per share. This is a boost from Estee Lauder Companies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 29th. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.23%. Estee Lauder Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.70%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. UBS Group assumed coverage on Estee Lauder Companies in a research report on Thursday, July 19th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $144.00 price target on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $154.00 price target on Estee Lauder Companies and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. DA Davidson upgraded Estee Lauder Companies from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $134.00 to $167.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $156.00 price target on Estee Lauder Companies and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and nineteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $146.98.

In other Estee Lauder Companies news, insider John Demsey sold 10,010 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $143.50, for a total transaction of $1,436,435.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 21,402 shares in the company, valued at $3,071,187. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Fabrizio Freda sold 31,055 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $138.42, for a total value of $4,298,633.10. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 99,008 shares in the company, valued at $13,704,687.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 159,228 shares of company stock worth $22,034,923. Corporate insiders own 16.13% of the company’s stock.

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Estee Lauder Companies Company Profile

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc manufactures and markets skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The company offers a range of skin care products, such as moisturizers, serums, cleansers, toners, body care products, exfoliators, acne care products, facial masks, cleansing devices, and sun care products; and makeup products, including lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, eyeshadows, nail polishes, and powders, as well as related items, including compacts, brushes, and other makeup tools.

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