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Weekly CFO Sells Highlight

- By Myra Ramdenbourg

According to GuruFocus Insider Data, the recent CFO sells were: Ulta Beauty Inc. (ULTA) and Merck & Co Inc. (MRK).

Ulta Beauty Inc. (ULTA): CFO Scott M Settersten sold 29,529 shares

CFO Scott M Settersten sold 29,529 shares for $338.64 per share on Mar. 19. Since then, the stock price has increased by 2.98%. Ulta Beauty Inc. has a market cap of $20.68 billion and its shares were traded around $348.73. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.91 and P/S ratio of 3.12. Over the past 10 years, Ulta Beauty Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 27.80%. GuruFocus rated Ulta Beauty Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star .


Ulta Beauty announced its fourth-quarter results with revenue of $1.56 billion and gross profit of $572.28 million, while the net income was $131.17 million. The 2018 total revenue was $5.88 billion, a 21% increase from 2017. The 2018 gross profit was $2.10 billion, a 20% increase from the year prior. The 2018 net income was $555.23 million.

CEO Mary N Dillon sold 120,949 shares for $334.42 per share on Mar. 19. Since then, the stock price has increased by 4.28%. Director Catherine Ann Halligan sold 100 shares for $344.36 per share on Mar. 26. Since then, the stock price has increased by 1.27%. Director Dennis K Eck sold 36,100 shares for $339.94 per share on Mar. 26. Since then, the stock price has increased by 2.59%.

Merck & Co Inc. (MRK): EVP, Global Svcs and CFO Robert M Davis sold 192,572 shares

EVP, Global Svcs and CFO Robert M Davis sold 192,572 shares for $82.38 per share on Mar. 25. Since then, the stock price has increased by 0.96%. Merck & Co Inc. has a market cap of $214.68 billion and its shares were traded around $83.17. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.85 and P/S ratio of 5.27. The trailing 12-month dividend yield of Merck & Co Inc. stocks is 2.48%, while the forward dividend yield is 2.65%. Over the past 10 years, Merck & Co Inc had an annual average earnings growth of 0.20%.

Merck & Co Inc. announced its fourth-quarter results with revenue of $11.00 billion and gross profit of $7.72 billion, while the net income was $1.83 billion. The 2018 total revenue was $42.29 billion, a 5% increase from 2017. The 2018 gross profit was $28.81 billion, a 4% increase from the year prior. The 2018 net income was $6.22 billion.

Chairman, President and CEO Kenneth C Frazier sold 192,736 shares for $82.05 per share on Mar. 20. Since then, the stock price has increased by 1.37%.

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