52-Week High Companies: FE, MON, JNJ, MCK, CTL
FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) Reached the 52-Week High of $49.33
FirstEnergy Corp. is a diversified energy services holding company as the result of the merger of Ohio Edison Company and Centerior Energy Corporation. FirstEnergy Corp. has a market cap of $20.57 billion; its shares were traded at around $49.33 with a P/E ratio of 13.8 and P/S ratio of 1.3. The dividend yield of FirstEnergy Corp. stocks is 4.5%. FirstEnergy Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 7.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated FirstEnergy Corp. the business predictability rank of 2-star.
On May 1, FirstEnergy Corp. announced first quarter 2012 basic and diluted earnings of $0.82 per share of common stock on a non-GAAP basis. On a GAAP basis, first quarter 2012 basic and diluted earnings were $0.73 per share of common stock on net income of $306 million and revenue of $4.1 billion. First quarter 2011 basic and diluted earnings were $0.15 per share of common stock on net income of $52 million, with revenue of $3.6 billion. Last year's results included charges relating to the closing of the merger with Allegheny Energy, which reduced earnings by $0.43 per basic share.
In March, Director Christopher D. Pappas bought 2,000 shares of FE stock. Senior Vice President and President FE Utilities Charles E. Jones sold 3,500 shares in July. Vice President and Treasurer James F. Pearson sold 2,000 shares in June. Executive Vice President and General Counsel Leila L. Vespoli and Vice President Controller and CAO Harvey L. Wagner sold shares in May.
Monsanto Company (MON) Reached the 52-Week High of $83.87
Monsanto is a global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products for growers and downstream customers, such as grain processors and consumers, in the agricultural markets. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $43.79 billion; its shares were traded at around $83.87 with a P/E ratio of 20.9 and P/S ratio of 3.7. The dividend yield of Monsanto Company stocks is 1.5%. Monsanto Company had an annual average earnings growth of 19.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Monsanto Company the business predictability rank of 4-star.
On June 27, Monsanto Company reported results for the third fiscal quarter of 2012. Net sales increased $611 million or 17 percent in the three-month comparison. Third quarter gross profit rose 20 percent to $2.3 billion compared to the prior year third quarter. Operating expenses were up $61 million in the third quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.
This month, Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Robert T. Fraley, Executive Vice President Human Resources Steven Mizell, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Brett D. Begemann, Vice President Global Veg/Asia Commercial Consuelo E. Madere, and Vice President and Controller Nicole M. Ringenberg sold shares of MON stock.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Reached the 52-Week High of $68.61
Johnson & Johnson is engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field in many countries of the world. Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $185.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $68.61 with a P/E ratio of 13.5 and P/S ratio of 2.9. The dividend yield of Johnson & Johnson stocks is 3.6%. Johnson & Johnson had an annual average earnings growth of 7.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson & Johnson the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.
On April 17, Johnson & Johnson announced sales of $16.1 billion for the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of 0.2% as compared to the first quarter of 2011. Operational results increased 1.0% and the negative impact of currency was 1.2%. Domestic sales declined 5.1%. International sales increased 4.1%, reflecting operational growth of 6.4% and a negative currency impact of 2.3%. Net earnings and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 were $3.9 billion and $1.41, respectively.
Chairman and CEO William C. Weldon and Vice President and General Counsel Russell C. Deyo sold shares of JNJ stock in February.
McKesson Corporation (MCK) Reached the 52-Week High of $94.86
McKesson Corporation, the world's largest health care service and technology company, delivers unique supply and information management solutions that reduce costs and improve quality for its health care customers. McKesson Corporation has a market cap of $22.09 billion; its shares were traded at around $94.86 with a P/E ratio of 14.6 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of McKesson Corporation stocks is 0.9%. McKesson Corporation had an annual average earnings growth of 12.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated McKesson Corporation the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.
On April 30, McKesson Corporation reported that revenues for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2012 were $31.7 billion, up 10% compared to $28.9 billion a year ago. On the basis of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), fourth-quarter earnings per diluted share was $2.09 compared to $1.62 a year ago.
In July, Executive Vice President and Group President Paul C. Julian, Executive Vice President, CTO and CIO Randall N Spratt, and EVP, Human Resources Jorge Figueredo sold shares in July. Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Laureen Seeger, Chairman, President and CEO John H. Hammergren, and Executive Vice President and CFO Jeffrey C. Campbell sold shares in May.
CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) Reached the 52-Week High of $40.73
CenturyLink Inc. is a telecommunications company that provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses in the United States. CenturyLink Inc. has a market cap of $24.46 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.73 with a P/E ratio of 17.8 and P/S ratio of 1.6. The dividend yield of CenturyLink, Inc. stocks is 7.4%. CenturyLink Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 3.6% over the past 10 years.
On May 9, CenturyLink Inc. reported results for the first fiscal quarter of 2012. Operating revenues for first quarter 2012 were $4.61 billion compared to $1.70 billion in first quarter 2011. Under generally accepted accounting principles, net income for first quarter 2012 was $200 million compared to $211 million for first quarter 2011, and diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2012 was $0.32 compared to $0.69 for first quarter 2011.
In June, Director Peter C. Brown, Director C. G. Melville Jr., and Senior Vice President Network Services Maxine L. Moreau sold shares of CTL stock. Chief Executive Officer Savvis Ops James E. Ousley and Executive Vice President Network Services Dennis G. Huber sold shares in May.