Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) reached a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $125.22 and last traded at $125.25, with a volume of 1164619 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $123.78.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on EL. Telsey Advisory Group increased their target price on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) from $125.00 to $135.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $110.00 target price (up previously from $100.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $135.00 target price (up previously from $115.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $112.00 target price (up previously from $95.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Finally, Argus increased their target price on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) from $125.00 to $142.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nineteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $117.42.

The firm has a market cap of $45,885.89, a PE ratio of 32.37, a P/E/G ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.68. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 1.75.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $1.21 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $3.27 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.16 billion. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 11.30% and a return on equity of 33.64%. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.85 EPS. research analysts predict that Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. will post 4.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be given a $0.38 dividend. This is a positive change from Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.34. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 36.76%.

In other Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) news, EVP Carl P. Haney sold 6,941 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $123.19, for a total transaction of $855,061.79. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Cedric Prouve sold 100,927 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.01, for a total transaction of $12,415,030.27. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 227,119 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $27,937,908.19. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 798,654 shares of company stock valued at $88,467,343 over the last three months. 16.24% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of EL. Acrospire Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 2,291.7% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,148 shares of the company’s stock valued at $110,000 after purchasing an additional 1,100 shares in the last quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust increased its holdings in shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 126.1% during the 3rd quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,135 shares of the company’s stock valued at $123,000 after purchasing an additional 633 shares in the last quarter. Shine Investment Advisory Services Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $147,000. Sun Life Financial INC increased its holdings in shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 16,290.0% during the 2nd quarter. Sun Life Financial INC now owns 1,639 shares of the company’s stock valued at $157,000 after purchasing an additional 1,629 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 4.8% during the 2nd quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 1,866 shares of the company’s stock valued at $179,000 after purchasing an additional 86 shares in the last quarter. 54.99% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)

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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