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52-Week High Companies: UL, BCH, MON, L, LOW

Posted
2/4/2013 10:47:00 AM
By: GuruFocus
Referenced Stocks:BCH;L;LOW;MON;UL

According to GuruFocus list of 52-week highs , these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs: Unilever PLC ( UL ), Banco de Chile ( BCH ), Monsanto Company ( MON ), Loews Corporation ( L ) and Lowe's Companies Inc. ( LOW ).
Unilever PLC ( UL ) Reached the 52-Week High of $40.95

The prices of Unilever PLC shares have reached $40.95, which is 0.3% off the 52-week high of $41.06. Unilever PLC is a supplier of fast moving consumer goods. Unilever PLC has a market cap of $123.87 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.95 with a P/E ratio of 20.8768 and P/S ratio of 1.7864. The dividend yield of Unilever Plc stocks is 2.99%. Unilever PLC had an annual average earnings growth of 0.6% over the past 10 years.

On Jan. 23, Unilever PLC released results for the full year 2012. Turnover increased by 10.5% to ?51.3 billion with a positive impact from foreign exchange of 2.2% and acquisitions net of disposals of 1.1%. Underlying sales growth was 6.9% comprising volume growth of 3.4% and price growth of 3.3%. Core earnings per share increased by 11% to ?1.57; free cash flow of ?4.3 billion.
Banco de Chile ( BCH ) Reached the 52-Week High of $99.56

The prices of Banco de Chile shares have reached $99.56, which is 1.5% off the 52-week high of $101.04. Banco de Chile formerly known as Banco de Chile Ads was founded in 1893. Banco de Chile has a market cap of $15.26 billion; its shares were traded at around $99.56 with a P/E ratio of 16.0256 and P/S ratio of 5.1177. The dividend yield of Banco de Chile stocks is 2.84%. Banco de Chile had an annual average earnings growth of 17.9% over the past 10 years.

Banco de Chile recently released results for the third fiscal quarter of 2012. Net income was Ch$100 billion in the third quarter 2012, which is 1.5% above the figure posted a year earlier and compares favorably to the 18.5% year-over-year drop recorded by the industry' net income in the third quarter 2012 as compares to the third quarter 2011.
Monsanto Company ( MON ) Reached the 52-Week High of $102.27

The prices of Monsanto Company ( MON ) shares have reached $102.27, which is 1.9% off the 52-week high of $104.19. Monsanto Co. was incorporated in Delaware on Feb. 9, 2000. Monsanto Company has a market cap of $54.8 billion; its shares were traded at around $102.27 with a P/E ratio of 24.57 and P/S ratio of 3.9432. The dividend yield of Monsanto Company stocks is 1.32%. Monsanto Company had an annual average earnings growth of 17.8% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Monsanto Company the business predictability rank of 3-star .

On Jan. 8, Monsanto Company delivered strong results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013. Net sales for the quarter increased 21 percent over the prior year's first quarter to $2.9 billion, with significant contribution from the corn seed and traits business, led by the corn opportunity acceleration in Latin America and strong shipments in the U.S. reflective of a positive order book. Gross profit for the 2013 first quarter increased 27 percent over the prior year period to $1.4 billion. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) costs were $542 million in the first quarter. Research and development (R&D) expenses decreased year-over-year to $346 million for the quarter.

Last month, Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant , Director Charles S. McMillan , President and CCO Brett D. Begemann, Director George Poste, Executive Vice President Human Resources Steven Mizell and Vice President and Treasurer Tom D. Hartley sold shares of MON stock.

Loews Corporation ( L ) Reached the 52-Week High of $44.08

The prices of Loews Corporation shares have reached $44.08, which is 0.1% off the 52-week high of $44.13. Loews Corporation was incorporated in 1967 and is an insurance holding company. Loews Corporation has a market cap of $17.35 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.08 with a P/E ratio of 20.0401 and P/S ratio of 1.2209. The dividend yield of Loews Corporation stocks is 0.57%. Loews Corporation had an annual average earnings growth of 5.3% over the past 5 years.

On Oct. 29, Loews Corporation reported net income for the 2012 third quarter of $177 million, or $0.45 per share, compared to $162 million, or $0.40 per share, in the 2011 third quarter. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $600 million, or $1.51per share, compared to $791 million, or $1.94 per share, in the prior year period.

Last month, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Gary W. Garson sold 11,250 shares of L stock. In November, Senior Vice President and CFO Peter W. Keegan sold 90,000 shares and Director Ken Miller bought 5,000 shares. Controller Mark S. Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Richard Waldo Scott and Director Gloria R. Scott sold shares in December.

Lowe's Companies Inc. ( LOW ) Reached the 52-Week High of $38.56

The prices of Lowe's Companies Inc. shares have reached $38.56, which is 1.8% off the 52-week high of $39.26. Lowe's Companies Inc. was incorporated in North Carolina in 1952 and has been publicly held since 1961. Lowe's Companies Inc. has a market cap of $43.37 billion; its shares were traded at around $38.56 with a P/E ratio of 22.8833 and P/S ratio of 0.8921. The dividend yield of Lowe's Companies Inc. stocks is 1.61%. Lowe's Companies Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 5.6% over the past 10 years.

On Nov. 19, Lowe's Companies Inc. reported net earnings of $396 million for the quarter ended November 2, 2012, a 76.0 percent increase over the same period a year ago. Diluted earnings per share increased 94.4 percent to $0.35. For the nine months ended Nov. 2, 2012, net earnings increased 10.1 percent from the same period a year ago to $1.67 billion, while diluted earnings per share increased 21.4 percent to $1.42.

Last month, COO Ricky D. Damron sold 23,367 shares of LOW stock. Chief Human Resources Officer Maureen K. Ausura, Chief Customer Officer Gregory M. Bridgeford, Director Peter C. Browning and CFO Robert F. Hull Jr. sold shares in December. CLO and CCO and Secretary Gaither M. Keener Jr. and Chairman, President and CEO Robert A. Niblock sold shares in November.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 .