Shares of Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-six research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and twenty-one have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $131.50.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on EL shares. Macquarie boosted their target price on shares of Estee Lauder Companies from $1.45 to $1.50 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Deutsche Bank started coverage on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. They set a “hold” rating and a $134.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Estee Lauder Companies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Oppenheimer boosted their price target on shares of Estee Lauder Companies from $130.00 to $148.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Finally, Jefferies Group set a $140.00 price target on shares of Estee Lauder Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st.

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Shares of Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE EL) traded up $2.15 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $146.27. 1,617,503 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,608,259. Estee Lauder Companies has a one year low of $83.34 and a one year high of $146.57. The company has a market capitalization of $53,003.88, a P/E ratio of 50.79, a PEG ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 1.33 and a current ratio of 1.76.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last announced its earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.08. Estee Lauder Companies had a net margin of 8.43% and a return on equity of 34.86%. The company had revenue of $3.74 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.68 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.22 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 16.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Estee Lauder Companies will post 4.36 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th were paid a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.04%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. Estee Lauder Companies’s payout ratio is presently 52.78%.

In other Estee Lauder Companies news, insider John Demsey sold 77,608 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.52, for a total value of $9,896,572.16. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 23,305 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,971,853.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Richard D. Parsons sold 9,312 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $132.96, for a total transaction of $1,238,123.52. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 4,576 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $608,424.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 248,453 shares of company stock valued at $33,517,643 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 16.24% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $126,000. Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $130,000. CNB Bank acquired a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $141,000. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 2,750.0% in the fourth quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. now owns 1,140 shares of the company’s stock valued at $145,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the period. Finally, We Are One Seven LLC acquired a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $160,000. 54.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Estee Lauder Companies Company Profile

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc manufactures and markets skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company offers products, including skin care, makeup, fragrance, hair care and other. The Company operates in beauty products segment. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced.

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