52-Week High Companies: NEE, HSY, ECL,SHW, DG

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According to GuruFocus list of 52-week highs , these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Nextera Energy ( NEE ), The Hershey Company ( HSY ), Ecolab Inc. ( ECL ), The Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW ), and Dollar General ( DG ).

NextEra Energy Inc. ( 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 ( HSY ) Reached the 52-Week High of $67.72

The 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. ( ECL ) Reached the 52-Week High of $64.35

Ecolab 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 ( 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 ( DG ) Reached the 52-Week High of $47.58

Dollar 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 53 rd 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.About GuruFocus: GuruFocus.com tracks the stocks picks and portfolio holdings of the world's best investors. This value investing site offers stock screeners and valuation tools. And publishes daily articles tracking the latest moves of the world's best investors. GuruFocus also provides promising stock ideas in 3 monthly newsletters sent to Premium Members .




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Referenced Stocks: DG , ECL , HSY , NEE , SHW

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