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52-Week High Companies: WFM, SHW, DEO, VTR, LNKD

May 07, 2012 | About:
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According toGuruFocus list of 52-week highs, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW), Diageo Plc (DEO), Ventas Inc. (VTR) and LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD).

Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) Reached the 52-Week High of $89.9



Whole Foods Market Inc. is the largest purveyor of natural foods in the world. Whole Foods Market Inc. has a market cap of $15.33 billion; its shares were traded at around $89.9 with a P/E ratio of 40.4 and P/S ratio of 1.5. The dividend yield of Whole Foods Market Inc. stocks is 0.7%. Whole Foods Market Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 11.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Whole Foods Market Inc. the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

On May 2, Whole Foods Market Inc. reported results for the 12-week second quarter ended April 8, 2012. Sales for the quarter increased 14% to $2.7 billion. Including a positive impact of 55 basis points from Easter shifting from the third quarter last year to the second quarter this year, comparable store sales increased 9.5% and identical store sales, excluding six relocations and two expansions, increased 9.0%. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) increased 24% from the prior year to $259.2 million, net income increased 31% to $117.7 million, and diluted earnings per share increased 26% to $0.64.

In February, CEO Walter E. Robb IV and Executive Vice President and CFO Glenda J. Flanagan sold shares of WFM stock. Director Stephanie Kugelman bought 310 shares in February. Executive Vice President James P. Sud, Director Ralph Z. Sorenson, Regional President Scott A. Allshouse and Director Jonathan A. Seiffer sold shares in March.

The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW) Reached the 52-Week High of $121.11



The Sherwin-Williams Co. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of paint, coatings and related products. The Sherwin-Williams Co. has a market cap of $12.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $121.11 with a P/E ratio of 23.2 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of The Sherwin-Williams Co. stocks is 1.3%. The Sherwin-Williams Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Sherwin William the business predictability rank of 3-star.

On April 19, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Compared to the same period in 2011, consolidated net sales increased $280.8 million, or 15.1%, to $2.14 billion in the quarter due primarily to higher paint sales volume and selling price increases. Diluted net income per common share was $.95 per share in the quarter compared to $0.63 per share a year ago.

Last week, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Robert J Wells, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Louis E. Stellato, Senior Vice President Strategy Thomas W. Seitz, President and COO John G. Morikis and Director Richard K. Smucker sold shares of SHW stock. Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor sold 295,000 shares in February and Senior Vice President Finance and CFO Sean P. Hennessy sold 42,403 shares in March.

Diageo Plc (DEO) Reached the 52-Week High of $102.86

Diageo Plc is a multinational, branded food and drinks company. Diageo Plc has a market cap of $63.61 billion; its shares were traded at around $102.86 with and P/S ratio of 4. The dividend yield of Diageo Plc stocks is 1.6%. Diageo Plc had an annual average earnings growth of 14.8% over the past 10 years.

On February 9, Diageo Plc reported results for the first six months ended Dec. 21, 2011. Results included 3% volume growth. Price increases together with mix benefits drove 7% organic net sales growth. Marketing was up 10% on an organic basis with 20% growth in emerging markets and 8% growth in North America.

Ventas Inc. (VTR) Reached the 52-Week High of $58.53



Ventas Inc. is a healthcare real estate investment trust. Ventas Inc. has a market cap of $16.96 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.53 with a P/E ratio of 17.7 and P/S ratio of 9.6. The dividend yield of Ventas Inc. stocks is 4.2%. Ventas Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 6.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ventas Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

On April 27, Ventas Inc. announced that normalized Funds From Operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 increased approximately 118 percent to $263.9 million, from $121.0 million for the comparable 2011 period. Normalized FFO per diluted common share was $0.91 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, a 21 percent increase from $0.75 for the comparable 2011 period. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period rose by 80 percent to 290.8 million, compared to 162.0 million in the first quarter of 2011.

In February, Chairman and CEO Debra A. Cafaro sold 54,822 shares of VTR stock. Director Richard I. Gilchrist bought 2,500 shares in January and Director Douglas M. Pasquale sold in April.

LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) Reached the 52-Week High of $117.1

LinkedIn Corporation is an online professional network which allows members to create, manage, and share their professional identity online, build and engage with their professional network, access shared knowledge and insights, and find business opportunities. LinkedIn Corp. has a market cap of $10.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $117.1 with a P/E ratio of 877 and P/S ratio of 20.6.

On May 3, LinkedIn Corporation reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Revenue for the first quarter was $188.5 million, an increase of 101% compared to $93.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. Net income for the first quarter was $5.0 million, compared to net income of $2.1 million for the first quarter 2011. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter was $16.9 million, compared to $5.8 million for the first quarter of 2011.

Last week, CEO Jeff Weiner, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Erika Rottenberg, SVP, Operations David Henke, and Director, 10% Owner Reid Hoffman sold shares of LNKD stock.

Senior Vice President and CFO Steven J. Sordello and Senior Vice President Products, User Experience Dipchand Nishar sold shares in April.


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