Media stories about Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Estee Lauder Companies earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 46.6797135022825 out of 100, indicating that recent news 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’s analysis:

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A number of brokerages have commented on EL. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on Estee Lauder Companies to $140.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $144.00 price objective (up from $134.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $150.00 price target (up from $145.00) on shares of Estee Lauder Companies in a research report on Tuesday, February 20th. Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on Estee Lauder Companies in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $134.00 price target for the company. Finally, Bank of America increased their price objective on Estee Lauder Companies from $143.00 to $152.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-one have given a buy rating to the company. Estee Lauder Companies currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $131.50.

Shares of Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) opened at $145.78 on Wednesday. Estee Lauder Companies has a 12 month low of $83.34 and a 12 month high of $146.33. The stock has a market cap of $53,463.59, a price-to-earnings ratio of 50.62, a PEG ratio of 2.57 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a current ratio of 1.76, a quick ratio of 1.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74.

Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE:EL) last posted its earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $3.74 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.68 billion. Estee Lauder Companies had a net margin of 8.43% and a return on equity of 34.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.22 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Estee Lauder Companies will post 4.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $1.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.04%. Estee Lauder Companies’s payout ratio is 52.78%.

In other news, CFO Tracey Thomas Travis sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.02, for a total value of $685,100.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 24,467 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,352,468.34. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Fabrizio Freda sold 54,610 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.78, for a total transaction of $7,687,995.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 127,784 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,989,431.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 248,453 shares of company stock worth $33,517,643 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 16.24% of the company’s stock.

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Estee Lauder Companies 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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