According to GuruFocus list of 52-week highs, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Nextera Energy (NYSE:NEE), The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY), Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL), The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW), and Dollar General (NYSE:DG).
NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE:NEE) Reached the 52-Week High of $65.33
NextEra Energy Inc., formerly known as FPL Group, Inc. Nextera Energy has a market cap of $27.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $65.33 with a P/E ratio of 14.6 and P/S ratio of 1.8. The dividend yield of Nextera Energy stocks is 3.7%. Nextera Energy had an annual average earnings growth of 5.9% over the past 10 years.
On April 25, NextEra Energy Inc. reported 2012 first quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $461 million, or $1.11 per share, compared with $268 million, or $0.64 per share, in the first quarter of 2011. On an adjusted basis, NextEra Energy’s earnings were $422 million, or $1.02 per share, compared with $392 million, or $0.94 per share, in the first quarter of 2011.
In March, President & CEO of Sub Armando Pimentel Jr, Dir/EVP-Power Gen. of Sub Antonio Rodriguez, and Director of Sub James L Robo sold shares of NEE stock. Treasurer of Sub Paul I Cutler sold 12,000 shares in February. Vice Chairman & CFO Moray P Dewhurst, Dir/EVP-Power Gen. of Sub Antonio Rodriguez, and EVP Eng/Const/Corp Svcs-Sub Robert L Mcgrath sold shares in December.
The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) Reached the 52-Week High of $67.72The Hershey Company is a snack food company and the largest North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products. The Hershey Company has a market cap of $15.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $67.72 with a P/E ratio of 22 and P/S ratio of 2.5. The dividend yield of The Hershey Company stocks is 2.3%. The Hershey Company had an annual average earnings growth of 5.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated The Hershey Company the the business predictability rank of 3-star.
On April 24, The Hershey Company announced sales and earnings for the first quarter ended April 1, 2012. Consolidated net sales were $1,732,064,000 compared with $1,564,223,000 for the first quarter of 2011. Reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $198,651,000 or $0.87 per share-diluted, compared with $160,115,000 or $0.70 per share-diluted for the comparable period of 2011.
This month, President and CEO John P Bilbrey, EVP CFO & Chief Admin Officer Humberto P Alfonso, VP CAO David W Tacka, and SVP, Global Operations Terence L O'day sold shares of HSY stock. Director James M Mead bought 500 shares in February. SVP, General Counsel & Sec Burton H Snyder sold 21,908 shares in April.
Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) Reached the 52-Week High of $64.35Ecolab Inc. is a global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection control products and services. Ecolab Inc. has a market cap of $18.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $64.35 with a P/E ratio of 24.3 and P/S ratio of 2.7. The dividend yield of Ecolab Inc. stocks is 1.3%. Ecolab Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 10.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ecolab Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.
On May 1, Ecolab Inc. reported results for the first quarter of 2012. Ecolab's reported sales rose 85% to a record $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2012. First quarter sales reflect the inclusion of the Nalco merger, which closed December 1, 2011. First quarter 2012 fixed currency sales rose 9% compared with first quarter 2011 pro forma fixed currency sales. First quarter 2012 reported operating income increased 9% to $166 million. Adjusted operating income of $283 million increased 20% compared with first quarter 2011 pro forma adjusted operating income.
Director Daniel S Sanders bought 10,400 shares of ECL stock in December. Ex.VP & Pres. Institutional Michael A Hickey and EVP & Pres. Gobal Healthcare Timothy P Mulhere sold shares this month. ExVP & Pres. GlobalServ.&Spec. James A Miller sold 3,500 shares in March.
The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) Reached the 52-Week High of $126.32
The Sherwin-Williams Co. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of paint, coatings and related products. The Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $12.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $126.32 with a P/E ratio of 22.4 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of The Sherwin-Williams Company stocks is 1.3%. The Sherwin-Williams Company 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. Unfavorable currency translation rate changes decreased consolidated net sales 1.2% in the quarter while acquisitions added 0.9% to consolidated net sales.
This month, President, Paint Stores Group Robert J Davisson, Sr VP, General Counsel & Secy Louis E Stellato, SrVP-Corp Com & Public Affairs Robert J Wells, and Sr. VP-Strat. Excell. Init. Thomas W Seitz sold shares of SHW stock. Sr. VP-Finance and CFO Sean P Hennessy sold 42,403 shares in March and Chairman and CEO Christopher M Connor sold 295,000 shares in February.
Dollar General (NYSE:DG) Reached the 52-Week High of $47.58Dollar General Corporation is a discount retailer in the United States. Dollar General has a market cap of $15.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $47.58 with a P/E ratio of 19.4 and P/S ratio of 1.
On March 22, Dollar General Corporation reported record sales, operating profit and net income for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter. Net sales increased 20.1 percent to $4.19 billion in the 2011 fourth quarter compared to $3.49 billion in the 2010 fourth quarter. Excluding sales for the week ending February 3, 2012 (“the 53rd week”) of $289 million, net sales increased 11.8 percent. Same-store sales, based on the comparable 13-week periods ended January 27, 2012 and January 28, 2011, increased 6.5 percent.
In April, Chairman & CEO Richard W Dreiling, EVP & CFO David M Tehle, 10% Owner Sachs Dgc Investors Lp Goldman, EVP & Chief People Officer Robert D Ravener, EVP & General Counsel Susan S Lanigan, Div. Pres., Chief Merch. Ofc Todd J Vasos, and EVP, Global Supply Chain John W Flanigan sold shares of DG stock.