52-Week High Companies: Ecolab Inc., Fidelity National Information Services, The DIRECTV Group Inc., and Spider Gold Shares.
Ecolab Inc. (ECL) Reached the 52-Week High of $47.74
Ecolab Inc. is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection control products and services. Ecolab Inc. has a market cap of $11.27 billion; its shares were traded at around $47.74 with a P/E ratio of 23.2 and P/S ratio of 2. The dividend yield of Ecolab Inc. stocks is 1.3%. Ecolab Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ecolab Inc. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.
On April 27, Ecolab reported results for the first quarter of 2010. Ecolab's reported net sales rose 6% to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2010; measured in fixed currencies, sales rose 2%. Net income attributable to shareholders increased 66% to $96 million. Reported diluted earnings per share increased 67% to $0.40. First quarter 2010 and 2009 results included special gains and charges and discrete tax items. Excluding those items, adjusted first quarter 2010 diluted earnings per share were $0.41, a 24% increase from adjusted first quarter 2009 diluted earnings per share of $0.33, and exceeded our forecasted range of $0.36-$0.40 per share.
Ecolab Inc. is in the portfolios of Bill Frels, Ron Baron, Jeremy Grantham, Steven Cohen, and Dodge & Cox.
Last month,Buy:: Director Beth M Pritchard bought 500 shares of ECL stock on 04/29/2010 at the average price of 47.85, the price of the stock has decreased by 0.23% since.
Fidelity National Information Services I (FIS) Reached the 52-Week High of $28.76
Fidelity National Information Services I (FIS). provides credit, debit and merchant card processing, e-banking, check risk management and check cashing services to financial institutions and merchants worldwide. Fidelity National Information Services I has a market cap of $10.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $28.76 with a P/E ratio of 16.5 and P/S ratio of 2.9. The dividend yield of Fidelity National Information Services I stocks is 0.7%.
On April 27, Fidelity National Information Services reported results for the first quarter of 2010. Adjusted revenue (which excludes the $9 million negative impact to deferred revenue from purchase accounting) increased 3.8% to $1.259 billion in U.S. dollars in the first quarter of 2010 compared to pro forma revenue of $1.212 billion in the first quarter of 2009, and increased 1.8% in constant currency. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations totaled $154.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA was $362.7 million, 17.6% higher as compared to $308.3 million in the prior year quarter. The adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 340 basis points to 28.8%, driven by improved operating performance, including the benefit of acquisition related cost savings. On a GAAP basis, first quarter consolidated revenue totaled $1.250 billion.
Fidelity National Information Services I is in the portfolios of RS Investment Management, Ronald Muhlenkamp, Steven Cohen, John Keeley, Paul Tudor Johnes, John Buckingham, George Soros, Jeremy Grantham, Murray Stahl, and Chuck Royce.
In December, Sell:: Corporate Executive VP & CFO Michael D Hayford and Sell:: SVP, Human Resources Michael P Oates sold shares of FIS stock.
Altria Group Inc. (MO) Reached the 52-Week High of $20.76
Altria Group Inc. is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U. Altria Group Inc. has a market cap of $43.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $20.76 with a P/E ratio of 11.6 and P/S ratio of 1.9. The dividend yield of Altria Group Inc. stocks is 6.6%.
On April 21, Altria Group, Inc. announced that its 2010 first-quarter reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 39.3% to $0.39 versus $0.28 in the prior-year period. Reported first-quarter results were higher than results for the prior-year period, due primarily to higher 2010 operating companies income (OCI) from cigarettes, smokeless products and wine, and higher 2010 earnings from Altria's equity investment in SABMiller plc (SABMiller), due primarily to gains resulting from issuances of common stock by SABMiller, as well as 2009 first-quarter transaction costs and financing fees related to the acquisition of UST.
Altria Group Inc. is in the portfolios of Tom Russo, David Dreman, John Buckingham, Tweedy Browne, Jeremy Grantham, Tom Gyner, Stanley Druckenmiller, George Soros, Donald Yacktman, Murray Stahl, Ruane Cunniff, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Steven Cohen, Dodge & Cox, and Kenneth Fisher.
Last month, Sell:: EVP & General Counsel Denise F. Keane sold 33,960 shares of MO stock.
The DIRECTV Group Inc. (DTV) Reached the 52-Week High of $35.89
The DIRECTV Group Inc. is a provider of digital multichannel television entertainment, broadband satellite networks and services, and global video and data broadcasting in the United States and Latin America. The DIRECTV Group Inc. has a market cap of $32.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $35.89 with a P/E ratio of 24.9 and P/S ratio of 1.5. Directv Group Inc. The had an annual average earning growth of 33.4% over the past 10 years.
On May 06, the DIRECTV Group Inc. reported an increase in first quarter 2010 revenues of 14% to $5.61 billion, operating profit before depreciation and amortization1 (OPBDA) of 44% to $1.58 billion and a more than doubling of operating profit to $956 million compared to last year's first quarter. DIRECTV reported that first quarter net income more than doubled to $558 million and diluted earnings per share nearly tripled to $0.59 compared with the same period last year.
The DIRECTV Group Inc. is in the portfolios of Mason Hawkins, Chase Coleman, Seth Klarman, Lee Ainslie, Bill Nygren, PRIMECAP Management, Daniel Loeb, Goerge Soros, Louis Moore Bacom, Andreas Halvorsen, John Paulson, Wallace WEitz, Bruce Koyner, Jim Simons, Chris Davis, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Dodge & Cox, Jeremy Grantham, George Soros, Murray Stahl, and Steven Cohen.
In February, Buy:: President and CEO Michael D White bought 59,400 shares of DTV stock; Sell:: EVP and CFO Patrick T Doyle sold 14,890 shares the same month.Buy:: Director Michael D White bought 100,000 shares in December. Sell:: Exec. VP Michael W Palkovic sold 1,292 shares in April; Sell:: Director Gregory B Maffei sold 22,875 shares in March.
Spider Gold Shares (GLD) Reached the 52-Week High of $118.27
Spider Gold Shares offer investors a new, innovative, relatively cost efficient and secure way to access the gold market. Spider Gold Shares has a market cap of $43.67 billion; its shares were traded at around $118.27 .
Spider Gold Shares is in the portfolios of John Paulson, George Soros, Eric Mindich, David Winters, Steve Mandel, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Wilbur Ross, Jeremy Grantham, Steven Cohen, George Soros, Richard Snow, and Kenneth Fisher.
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