Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) major shareholder Ronald S. Foundation Lauder sold 16,447 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.11, for a total value of $2,271,495.17. Following the sale, the insider now owns 83,418 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,520,859.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s stock are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Shares of Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL) opened at $140.65 on Friday. Estee Lauder Companies Inc has a one year low of $81.69 and a one year high of $143.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.76, a quick ratio of 1.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $51,730.00, a P/E ratio of 37.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 0.69.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.08. Estee Lauder Companies had a return on equity of 34.86% and a net margin of 8.43%. The firm had revenue of $3.74 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.68 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.22 EPS. Estee Lauder Companies’s quarterly revenue was up 16.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Estee Lauder Companies Inc will post 4.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.08%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. Estee Lauder Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.64%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 target price (up previously from $145.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. ValuEngine upgraded Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Estee Lauder Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Finally, Bank of America raised their price target on Estee Lauder Companies from $143.00 to $152.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $129.83.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Estee Lauder Companies during the 4th quarter worth approximately $126,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in Estee Lauder Companies during the 4th quarter valued at $130,000. CNB Bank bought a new stake in Estee Lauder Companies during the 4th quarter valued at $141,000. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. raised its position in Estee Lauder Companies by 2,750.0% during the 4th quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. now owns 1,140 shares of the company’s stock valued at $145,000 after purchasing an additional 1,100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, We Are One Seven LLC bought a new stake in Estee Lauder Companies during the 4th quarter valued at $160,000. 53.84% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Estee Lauder Companies

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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