Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: EL) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 9/27/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) is now covered by analysts at DA Davidson. They set a “neutral” rating and a $115.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/20/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a $120.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $110.00.
  • 9/20/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They now have a $120.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $110.00.
  • 9/15/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) is now covered by analysts at Macquarie. They set an “outperform” rating and a $124.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/7/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its price target raised by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC from $112.00 to $122.00. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 8/29/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. They now have a $117.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/22/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was upgraded by analysts at Argus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $125.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “travel sales”
  • 8/22/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Morgan Stanley. They now have a $122.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $106.00.
  • 8/22/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $122.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Estée Lauder continued to impress investors with better-than-expected earnings for 12 straight quarters, with the fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 being no exception. Results for the fourth quarter were mainly driven by the acquisitions of BECCA and Too Faced. The quarter also depicted strong online sales growth and an increase in almost all the brands, geographic regions and product categories. Its Leading Beauty Forward initiative has also aided inducing efficiency in cost and resource allocation. Estée Lauder also has a strong presence in emerging markets which insulates it from the macroeconomic headwinds in the matured markets. Such solid fundamentals of the company are well reflected in its share price performance, which outpaced the industry over the past one year. However, slower retail growth in Hong Kong owing to political issues has been posing worries for the company for a while now.”
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was upgraded by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating. They now have a $107.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $83.00.
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a $112.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $95.00.
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was given a new $115.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Estée Lauder continued to impress investors with better-than-expected earnings for 12 straight quarters, with the fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 being no exception. Results for the fourth quarter were mainly driven by the acquisitions of BECCA and Too Faced. The quarter also depicted strong online sales growth and an increase in almost all the brands, geographic regions and product categories. Its Leading Beauty Forward initiative has also aided inducing efficiency in cost and resource allocation. The company’s sturdy performance is well reflected in its share performance, which outpaced the industry over the past one year. However, slower retail growth in Hong Kong owing to political issues has been posing worries for the company for quite a while now. The company’s performance also remains challenged by the declining store traffic in the U.S. and unfavorable currency translations.”
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG from $108.00 to $119.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its price target raised by analysts at Bank of America Corporation from $105.00 to $115.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/21/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $112.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $110.00.
  • 8/18/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was given a new $95.00 price target on by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/18/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was given a new $108.00 price target on by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 8/15/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its price target raised by analysts at Telsey Advisory Group from $105.00 to $115.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 8/11/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company. They now have a $112.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/10/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.. They now have a $110.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $100.00.
  • 8/9/2017 – Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) was given a new $100.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (EL) traded up 1.11% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $109.65. The company had a trading volume of 385,502 shares. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. has a 12 month low of $75.30 and a 12 month high of $110.99. The company has a market capitalization of $40.35 billion, a PE ratio of 32.73 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a 50-day moving average of $107.12 and a 200-day moving average of $96.54.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 18th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $2.89 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.86 billion. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had a return on equity of 32.38% and a net margin of 10.56%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 9.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.43 earnings per share. Analysts predict that Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. will post $3.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 31st were given a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.25%. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.60%.

In other Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) news, EVP Michael O’hare sold 2,619 shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.56, for a total transaction of $284,318.64. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 5,929 shares in the company, valued at $643,652.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Gregory Polcer sold 2,730 shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.11, for a total transaction of $295,140.30. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 70,309 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,601,105.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 571,521 shares of company stock worth $60,365,505 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 16.24% of the company’s stock.

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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