Estee Lauder Cos Stock Hits New 52-Week High (EL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Estee Lauder Cos (NYSE: EL) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $70.96, above its previous 52-week high of $70.90 with 2.4 million shares traded as of 12:30 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.8 million shares over the past 30 days.

Estee Lauder Cos has a market cap of $16.45 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Estee Lauder Cos as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full Estee Lauder Cos Ratings Report.

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