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52-Week High Companies: AZO, TGT, ROST, CMG, RL

March 05, 2012 | About:

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According to GuruFocus list of 52-week highs, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Autozone Inc. (AZO), Target Corp (TGT), Ross Stores (ROST), Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG), Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL).

Autozone Inc. (AZO). (AZO) Reached the 52-Week High of $378.45

Autozone Inc. is the nation's specialty retailer of automotive parts and accessories, primarily focusing on do-it-yourself customers. Autozone Inc. has a market cap of $14.9 billion; its shares were traded at around $378.45 with a P/E ratio of 17.77 and P/S ratio of 1.85. Autozone Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 16.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Autozone Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On Feb. 28, AutoZone Inc. reported net sales of $1.8 billion for its second quarter (12 weeks) ended February 11, 2012, an increase of 8.6% from the second quarter of fiscal 2011 (12 weeks). Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 5.9% for the quarter. Net income for the quarter increased $18.9 million, or 12.7%, over the same period last year to $166.9 million, while diluted earnings increased 24.4% to $4.15 per share from $3.34 per share in the year-ago quarter.

Last week, Exec. VP, Sec. & Gen Cnsl Harry L Goldsmith and Senior Vice President Lisa R Kranc sold shares of AZO stock. Director William C Crowley, Director, 10% Owner William C Crowley, and Senior Vice President Timothy W Briggs sold shares in January.

Target Corp (TGT) Reached the 52-Week High of $56.59

Target Corporation operates large-format general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States, which include Target and SuperTarget stores. Target Corp has a market cap of $38.01 billion; its shares were traded at around $56.59 with a P/E ratio of 13.07 and P/S ratio of 0.56. The dividend yield of Target Corp stocks is 2.12%. Target Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 8.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Target Corp the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On Feb. 23, Target Corporation reported fourth quarter net earnings of $981 million, or $1.45 per share, and full year net earnings of $2,929 million, or $4.28 per share. Adjusted earnings per share, a measure we believe is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of our U.S. operations, were $1.49 in the fourth quarter and $4.41 for the full year, representing increases of 8.3 percent and 14.3 percent, respectively.

Last month, Director James A /dc/ Johnson, Executive Officer Beth M Jacob, Executive Officer Laysha Ward, and Executive Officer Terrence J Scully sold shares of TGT stock.

Ross Stores (ROST) Reached the 52-Week High of $53.9

Ross Stores, Inc. operates a chain of off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores, which target value conscious men and women between the ages of 25 and 54 in middle-to-upper middle income households. Ross Stores has a market cap of $12.32 billion; its shares were traded at around $53.9 with a P/E ratio of 20 and P/S ratio of 1.57. The dividend yield of Ross Stores stocks is 1.04%. Ross Stores had an annual average earnings growth of 15% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ross Stores the business predictability rank of 3-star.

On March 1, Ross Stores Inc. reported that sales increased 14% to $677 million for the four weeks ended February 25, 2012, up from $595 million for the four weeks ended February 26, 2011. Comparable store sales for the month grew 9% over the prior year.

Last month, Chairman of the Board Norman A Ferber and President, Chief Operating Off Sullivan Michael B O sold shares of ROST stock. Director K Gunnar Bjorkland and Vice Chairman and CEO Michael Balmuth sold shares in January. President, Chief Operating Off Sullivan Michael B O sold 10,000 shares in October. President, Chief Merch Officer Barbara Rentler sold shares in September.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) Reached the 52-Week High of $394.39

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. offers a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has a market cap of $12.33 billion; its shares were traded at around $394.39 with a P/E ratio of 58.34 and P/S ratio of 5.43. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 33.4% over the past 5 years.

On February 1, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue for the quarter was $596.7 million, up 23.7% from the prior year period. G&A costs were 6.4% of revenue, up 40 basis points from the prior year period. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $57.5 million, or $1.81 per diluted share, compared to $46.4 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Last week, Chairman & Co-CEO Steve Ells and Co-CEO Montgomery F Moran sold shares of CMG stock. CFO Jack Hartung, Chief Marketing Officer Mark Crumpacker, Chief Development Officer Robert N Blessing Jr, and Director Albert S Baldocchi sold share.

Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL) Reached the 52-Week High of $176.61

Ralph Lauren Corporation is engaged in designing, marketing, and distributing men's, women's and children's apparel, accessories, fragrances, and home furnishings. Ralph Lauren Corp. has a market cap of $16.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $176.61 with a P/E ratio of 25.6 and P/S ratio of 2.88. The dividend yield of Ralph Lauren Corp. stocks is 0.45%. Ralph Lauren Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 14.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ralph Lauren Corp. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On Feb. 8, Ralph Lauren Corporation reported net income of $169 million, or $1.78 per diluted share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2012, compared to net income of $168 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, for the third quarter of Fiscal 2011. Net income for the first nine months of Fiscal 2012 rose 19% to $587 million from $494 million in the comparable period last fiscal year. Net income per diluted share of $6.14 in the first nine months of Fiscal 2012 was 23% greater than the $5.01 reported in the prior year period.

Last month, Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner Ralph Lauren, Senior Vice President & CFO Tracey Thomas Travis, Executive Vice President Jackwyn Nemerov, Director Joyce F Brown, and Director Joel Lawrence Fleishman sold shares of RL stock. Director Hubert Joly sold 1,634 shares in December.

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