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52-Week High Companies: DEO, CAH, VMED, EL, BEN

May 08, 2011 | About:

Weekly 52-week high companies: Diageo PLC (NYSE:DEO), Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE:CAH), Virgin Media Inc. (VMED), Estee Lauder Co. (NYSE:EL) and Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN).

Diageo PLC (NYSE:DEO) Reached the 52-Week High of $82.14

Diageo PLC is a multinational branded food and drinks company. Diageo Plc has a market cap of $51.39 billion; its shares were traded at around $82.14 with and P/S ratio of 3.4. The dividend yield of Diageo PLC stocks is 3%.

On February 10, Diageo PLC announced half-year results for the six month ended Dec. 31, 2010. The company had organic net sales growth of 4%. Stronger volume growth and improved price/mix was delivered in North America; continued momentum in international again led to double-digit top line growth in the region, and top line growth improved in Asia Pacific. Europe’s performance was weaker given the challenging economic conditions. At a group level, top line growth delivered gross margin improvement. Investment to drive growth continued with organic marketing spending up 10% and increased overhead investment, particularly in Latin America. Organic operating profit grew 2%. Returns increased with continued strong free cash flow of £775 million.

Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE:CAH) Reached the 52-Week High of $44.58

Cardinal Health Inc. is a provider of products and services to healthcare providers and manufacturers to help them improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare. Cardinal Health Inc. has a market cap of $15.59 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.58 with a P/E ratio of 17.2 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of Cardinal Health Inc. stocks is 1.8%. Cardinal Health Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 1.5% over the past 10 years.

On April 28, Cardinal Health reported a 7% increase in fiscal 2011 third-quarter revenue to $26.1 billion and a 23% increase in non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) to $0.75, driven by 25% segment profit growth within its pharmaceutical segment.

Last month, Sell: CEO, Pharmaceutical Segment Michael C. Kaufmann,Sell: CFO Jeffrey William Henderson, and Sell: EVP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. Falk T. Stephen sold shares of Cardinal Health stock.

Virgin Media Inc. (VMED) Reached the 52-Week High of $32.02

Virgin Media Inc. is a broadband communications and media group. Virgin Media Inc. has a market cap of $10.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $32.02 with a P/E ratio of 89 and P/S ratio of 1.8. The dividend yield of Virgin Media Inc. stocks is 0.5%. Virgin Media Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 8% over the past 5 years.

On Apr 20, Virgin Media Inc. announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. The company reported sustainable revenue growth and operating leverage driving strong free cash flow and revenue growth in all areas; the total is up 5.7% to £982 million, and operating income is up 58.9% to £111m.

Last month, Sell: Chief Customer & Networks Officer Paul Buttery sold 29,244 shares of Virgin Media stock. Sell: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neil Berkett and Sell: VICE PRESIDENT, CONTROLLER Robert Gale sold shares in March.

Estee Lauder Co. (NYSE:EL) Reached the 52-Week High of $98.06

Estee Lauder Co. is one of the world's manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. Estee Lauder Co. has a market cap of $19.36 billion; its shares were traded at around $98.06 with a P/E ratio of 29.1 and P/S ratio of 2.4. The dividend yield of Estee Lauder Co. stocks is 0.8%. Estee Lauder Co. had an annual average earnings growth of 5.6% over the past 10 years.

On May 5, the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. reported strong financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared with the prior-year period. The company had net sales of $2.17 billion, a 16% increase compared with $1.86 billion reported in the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, net sales increased 15% from a year ago. The company reported net earnings for the quarter of $124.7 million, compared with $57.5 million last year. Diluted net earnings per common share rose to $.62, compared with $.28 reported in the prior year.

Last month, Sell: Exec. V.P. & CFO Richard W. Kunes andSell: Exec. VP, Gen. Counsel & Secty Sara E Moss sold shares of EL stock. Sell: Director Rose Marie Bravo, Sell: EVP - Global Communications Alexandra C. Trower, and Sell: Grat Remainder Trust Fbo 1992 sold shares in February.

Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN) Reached the 52-Week High of $126.27

Franklin Resources provides investment advisory and related services to retail mutual funds, institutional and private accounts, and other investment products globally. Franklin Resources has a market cap of $28.17 billion; its shares were traded at around $126.27 with a P/E ratio of 16.4 and P/S ratio of 4.9. The dividend yield of Franklin Resources stocks is 0.8%. Franklin Resources had an annual average earnings growth of 17.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Franklin Resources the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Last week, Sell: CEO and President Gregory E Johnson sold 50,000 shares of BEN stock. Sell: Director Anne M Tatlock, Sell: Chairman of the Board, 10% Owner Charles B Johnson, Sell: Vice-President, HR - US Penelope S Alexander, and Sell: Vice President and Secretary Maria Gray sold shares in February.

Rating: 4.0/5 (3 votes)


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