OLD Second National Bank of Aurora acquired a new position in shares of Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor acquired 5,586 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $1,593,000.

Other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral Genossenschafts Bank Frankfurt am Main purchased a new stake in Ulta Beauty during the fourth quarter worth about $112,000. Sunbelt Securities Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Ulta Beauty during the fourth quarter valued at $134,000. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Ulta Beauty by 100.0% in the third quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 600 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $143,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Advantage Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Ulta Beauty during the fourth quarter valued at $144,000. Finally, IFM Investors Pty Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Ulta Beauty during the fourth quarter valued at $204,000. 86.21% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA)

Shares of Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) traded up 0.10% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $283.46. The stock had a trading volume of 157,247 shares. Ulta Beauty Inc has a one year low of $202.28 and a one year high of $289.27. The stock has a market cap of $17.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 43.48 and a beta of 0.65. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $281.82 and a 200 day moving average of $263.11.

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 9th. The specialty retailer reported $2.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.13 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.54 billion. Ulta Beauty had a return on equity of 26.87% and a net margin of 8.31%. The firm’s revenue was up 24.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.69 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Ulta Beauty Inc will post $8.08 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on ULTA shares. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $315.00 target price (up previously from $300.00) on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research report on Tuesday, March 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $295.00 target price on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research report on Saturday, March 11th. Loop Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $285.00 target price on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research report on Monday, March 6th. KeyCorp reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $310.00 target price on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. Finally, Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $311.00 target price (up previously from $296.00) on shares of Ulta Beauty in a research report on Monday, March 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ulta Beauty currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $291.73.

In related news, insider David C. Kimbell sold 14,335 shares of Ulta Beauty stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $284.99, for a total transaction of $4,085,331.65. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 16,731 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,768,167.69. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Catherine Ann Halligan sold 157 shares of Ulta Beauty stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $286.00, for a total value of $44,902.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 3,875 shares in the company, valued at $1,108,250. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 150,534 shares of company stock worth $42,979,662. 6.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Ulta Beauty Company Profile

Ulta Beauty, Inc is a holding company for the Ulta Beauty group of companies. The Company is a beauty retailer. The Company offers cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. The Company offers approximately 20,000 products from over 500 beauty brands across all categories, including the Company’s own private label.

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