Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Estee Lauder Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.5240768823955 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE EL) traded down $0.56 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $128.53. The stock had a trading volume of 1,465,988 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,490,956. The company has a market capitalization of $47,330.00, a P/E ratio of 34.74, a P/E/G ratio of 2.50 and a beta of 0.71. 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 has a 1 year low of $78.36 and a 1 year high of $132.49.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $3.27 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.16 billion. Estee Lauder Companies had a return on equity of 33.64% and a net margin of 11.30%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.85 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Estee Lauder Companies will post 4.17 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a $0.38 dividend. This is an increase from Estee Lauder Companies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.34. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.18%. Estee Lauder Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.08%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on EL shares. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price target (up from $110.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $135.00 target price on Estee Lauder Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Royal Bank of Canada set a $115.00 target price on Estee Lauder Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on Estee Lauder Companies from $114.00 to $121.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, KeyCorp set a $115.00 target price on Estee Lauder Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the company. Estee Lauder Companies has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $117.33.

In other Estee Lauder Companies news, VP Sara E. Moss sold 29,873 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $121.16, for a total value of $3,619,412.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider John Demsey sold 77,608 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $127.52, for a total value of $9,896,572.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 23,305 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,971,853.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 1,566,381 shares of company stock worth $195,955,337. 16.24% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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