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52-Week High Companies: MNST, DISCA, GR, MCK, ACE

April 09, 2012 | About:
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According to GuruFocus list of 52-week highs, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST), Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA), Goodrich Corp. (GR), McKesson Corp. (MCK) and Ace Limited (ACE).

Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST) Reached the 52-Week High of $63.38



Monster Beverage Corporation is a marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Monster Beverage Corp. has a market cap of $11.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $63.38 with a P/E ratio of 41.29 and P/S ratio of 6.49. Monster Beverage Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 60.2% over the past 10 years.

On Feb. 23, Monster Beverage Corporation reported record sales and profits for the three- and twelve-months ended Dec. 31, 2011. Gross sales for the 2011 fourth quarter increased 28.4 percent to $467.3 million from $364.1 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the three-months ended Dec. 31, 2011 increased 28.7 percent to $410.0 million from $318.7 million a year ago. Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2011 fourth quarter was 52.3 percent, compared with 51.6 percent for the comparable 2010 quarter. Operating expenses for the 2011 fourth quarter increased to $110.8 million from $84.6 million in the same quarter last year.

Chairman and CEO Rodney C. Sacks and Vice Chairman and President Hilton H. Schlosberg sold shares of MNST stock last month.

Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) Reached the 52-Week High of $51.74



Discovery Communications Inc., formerly Discovery Holding Company, is a holding company that conducts operations through its two wholly owned operating subsidiaries, Ascent Media Group LLC and Ascent Media CANS LLC. Discovery Communications has a market cap of $13.38 billion; its shares were traded at around $51.74 with a P/E ratio of 21.47 and P/S ratio of 3.16. Discovery Communications had an annual average earnings growth of 117.4% over the past five years.

On February 16, Discovery Communications Inc. reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. Fourth quarter revenues were $1,122 million increased $107 million, or 11%, over the fourth quarter a year ago. Fourth quarter net income from continuing operations available to Discovery Communications Inc. stockholders of $336 million ($0.86 per diluted share) increased $142 million compared to $194 million ($0.45 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter a year ago.

In March, President and CEO, DNI Mark G. Hollinger, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Bradley E. Singer, Founder John S. Hendricks, and Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer Thomas Colan sold shares of DISCA stock.

Goodrich Corp. (GR) Reached the 52-Week High of $125.15



Goodrich Corporation is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. Goodrich Corp. has a market cap of $15.74 billion; its shares were traded at around $125.15 with a P/E ratio of 19.4 and P/S ratio of 1.95. The dividend yield of Goodrich Corp. stocks is 0.93%. Goodrich Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 12.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Goodrich Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

On Feb. 2, Goodrich Corporation announced results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011. Goodrich reported fourth quarter 2011 net income of $238 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, on sales of $2,145 million. In the fourth quarter 2010, the company reported net income of $148 million, or $1.16per diluted share, on sales of $1,806 million. Segment operating income margin for the fourth quarter 2011 was 19.7 percent.

In December, Vice President and Segment President Electronics Curtis C. Reusser sold 5,105 shares of GR stock.

McKesson Corp. (MCK) Reached the 52-Week High of $87.83



McKesson Corporation, the world's largest health care service and technology company, and delivers unique supply and information management solutions that reduce costs and improve quality for its health care customers. McKesson Corp. has a market cap of $21.62 billion; its shares were traded at around $87.83 with a P/E ratio of 14.74 and P/S ratio of 0.19. The dividend yield of Mckesson Corp. stocks is 0.91%. McKesson Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 17.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated McKesson Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

On January 30, McKesson Corporation reported that revenues for the third quarter ended Dec/ 31, 2011 were up 9% to $30.8 billion compared to $28.2 billion a year ago. On the basis of GAAP, third-quarter earnings per diluted share were $1.20 compared to $0.60 a year ago.

In March, Vice President and Controller Nigel A. Rees and Executive Vice President Human Resources Jorge Figueredo sold shares of MCK stock. Director Marie Knowles and Director M. Christine Jacobs sold shares in February.

Ace Limited (ACE) Reached the 52-Week High of $73.18



Ace Limited provides excess liability insurance for bodily injury, property damage and wrongful advertising. Ace Limited has a market cap of $24.67 billion; its shares were traded at around $73.18 with a P/E ratio of 10.51 and P/S ratio of 1.41. The dividend yield of Ace Limited stocks is 2.57%. Ace Limited had an annual average earnings growth of 30.9% over the past 10 years.

On January 31, ACE Limited reported net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, of $2.20 per share, compared with $2.92 per share for the same quarter last year. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, net income was $4.65 per share, compared with $9.11 per share for 2010; income excluding net realized gains (losses) was $6.97 per share, compared with $7.79 per share for 2010.

In January, Director Bruce L. Crockett sold 8,000 shares of ACE stock. Vice Chairman and COO John W. Keogh, General Counsel Robert Cusumano and Chairman and CEO Evan G. Greenberg sold shares in December.

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