Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) has earned an average rating of “Buy” from the twenty-four analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and eighteen have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $163.13.

Several analysts recently weighed in on EL shares. Argus raised their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies to $195.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 12th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies from $142.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 16th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies from $157.00 to $180.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 11th. Citigroup raised their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies from $179.00 to $188.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. Finally, Oppenheimer raised their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies from $164.00 to $180.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, April 8th.

Shares of EL traded up $0.80 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $170.33. 1,131,509 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,070,862. The firm has a market cap of $61.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.60 and a beta of 0.72. Estee Lauder Companies has a fifty-two week low of $121.47 and a fifty-two week high of $171.39. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 1.71.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $1.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.20. The company had revenue of $4.01 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.92 billion. Estee Lauder Companies had a return on equity of 40.38% and a net margin of 11.49%. Estee Lauder Companies’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.52 EPS. On average, research analysts predict that Estee Lauder Companies will post 5.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Estee Lauder Companies news, insider John Demsey sold 11,179 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.02, for a total transaction of $1,520,567.58. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,288 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,399,373.76. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Gregory Polcer sold 28,036 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.00, for a total value of $4,625,940.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 107,350 shares in the company, valued at $17,712,750. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 574,507 shares of company stock valued at $89,174,250 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 16.13% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Machina Capital S.A.S. purchased a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies during the 4th quarter worth approximately $30,000. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 215.4% in the fourth quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. now owns 369 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,000 after buying an additional 252 shares during the last quarter. Financial Gravity Wealth Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies in the first quarter valued at approximately $50,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 6,015.8% in the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 6,896,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $53,000 after buying an additional 6,784,090 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Glassman Wealth Services raised its position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 177.5% in the fourth quarter. Glassman Wealth Services now owns 469 shares of the company’s stock valued at $61,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 53.73% of the company’s stock.

About Estee Lauder Companies

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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