Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) saw unusually large options trading on Thursday. Investors bought 12,260 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of Infinity compared to the average daily volume of 0 call options.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (NYSE EL) opened at $121.71 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. has a 1-year low of $75.29 and a 1-year high of $124.80. The company has a market capitalization of $44,783.80, a P/E ratio of 31.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 0.68.

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:EL) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $1.21 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.24. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) had a return on equity of 33.64% and a net margin of 11.30%. The company had revenue of $3.27 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.16 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.85 EPS. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s quarterly revenue was up 14.3% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. will post 4.16 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.25%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. This is an increase from Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.34. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 36.76%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on EL shares. Jefferies Group LLC upped their price target on Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) from $112.00 to $122.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating and set a $117.00 price target on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target (up from $102.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Saturday, July 22nd. Macquarie began coverage on Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research report on Friday, September 15th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $124.00 target price for the company. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 target price (up previously from $110.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nineteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $117.42.

In other Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) news, EVP Alexandra C. Trower sold 25,446 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.39, for a total transaction of $3,063,443.94. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 7,732 shares in the company, valued at $930,855.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Sara E. Moss sold 14,552 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.22, for a total value of $1,458,401.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 639,542 shares of company stock valued at $68,666,033 over the last 90 days. 16.24% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Lloyds Banking Group plc lifted its holdings in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.4% during the 2nd quarter. Lloyds Banking Group plc now owns 1,887 shares of the company’s stock worth $181,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. lifted its holdings in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 3,825 shares of the company’s stock worth $365,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the last quarter. Glenview Trust Co lifted its holdings in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.5% during the 2nd quarter. Glenview Trust Co now owns 2,744 shares of the company’s stock worth $263,000 after buying an additional 41 shares during the last quarter. Cadence Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.7% during the 2nd quarter. Cadence Capital Management LLC now owns 5,662 shares of the company’s stock worth $543,000 after buying an additional 42 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Williams Jones & Associates LLC lifted its holdings in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.7% during the 2nd quarter. Williams Jones & Associates LLC now owns 6,865 shares of the company’s stock worth $659,000 after buying an additional 45 shares during the last quarter. 54.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The) Company Profile

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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