Investors sold shares of Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) on strength during trading on Monday. $13.74 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $41.10 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $27.36 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Estee Lauder Companies had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Estee Lauder Companies traded up $0.53 for the day and closed at $93.43

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on EL shares. Vetr lowered shares of Estee Lauder Companies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $100.50 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective (up previously from $96.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $100.00 price objective (up previously from $99.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Wednesday, April 13th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of C$99.42.

The company’s 50-day moving average is $92.26 and its 200 day moving average is $91.97. The stock has a market capitalization of $34.50 billion and a PE ratio of 30.13.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.15. The firm earned $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.65 billion. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.72 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Estee Lauder Companies Inc. will post $3.16 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Estee Lauder Companies news, Director Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr. sold 13,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$94.94, for a total transaction of C$1,246,087.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 35,116 shares of the company’s stock, valued at C$3,333,913.04. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, major shareholder Lal Family Partners Lp sold 500,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$94.41, for a total transaction of C$47,205,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have made changes to their positions in the stock. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 34.2% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 12,670 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,116,000 after buying an additional 3,226 shares in the last quarter. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 31.6% in the third quarter. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. now owns 15,727 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,269,000 after buying an additional 3,777 shares in the last quarter. Stephens Inc. AR boosted its stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Inc. AR now owns 20,494 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,805,000 after buying an additional 169 shares in the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 21,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,902,000 after buying an additional 451 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Atlanta Capital Group boosted its stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies by 17.7% in the fourth quarter. Atlanta Capital Group now owns 24,540 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,161,000 after buying an additional 3,683 shares in the last quarter.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc, is a manufacturer and marketer of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under a number of brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Origins, Le Labo, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Aveda.

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