Should Value Investors Buy Estée Lauder (EL) Stock?

If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Amana Mutual Funds top stock picks. Amana Mutual Funds, an investment management firm, is bullish on Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) stock. In its Q4 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) stock. Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) is a manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The stock is down 12.2% since the Amana Mutual Funds pitch in February 2020, which suggests the investment firm was wrong in its decision.

On February 15, 2020, Amana Mutual Funds had released its Q4 2019 Investor Letter. Amana Mutual Funds said that Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) was a top contributor to its performance in 2019. Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) stock positively impacted the Amana Growth Fund’s return by 1.80% in 2019.

For the quarter ended December 31st, 2019, Amana Growth Fund recorded a return of 8.57%, compared to 9.07% of the S&P 500 Index. This brings its 2019 full-year return to 33.07%, compared to 31.49% of the S&P 500 Index.

Let’s take a look at comments made by Amana Mutual Funds about Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) in the letter.

“Cosmetics is a favored category given defensive characteristics that, in no way, hamper growth prospects, while Estée Lauder stands as a global leader.”

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In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) stock decreased by about 12% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t seem to agree with Estée Lauder’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Estée Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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