Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) Chairman Todd M. Bluedorn sold 28,413 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.99, for a total value of $4,886,751.87. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 202,783 shares in the company, valued at approximately $34,876,648.17. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) traded down 0.22% on Monday, hitting $171.65. The stock had a trading volume of 145,797 shares. The firm has a market cap of $7.38 billion, a PE ratio of 27.15 and a beta of 1.10. Lennox International Inc. has a 12-month low of $130.34 and a 12-month high of $172.96. The company’s 50 day moving average is $163.92 and its 200 day moving average is $156.46.

Lennox International (NYSE:LII) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 7th. The company reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.43 by $0.07. Lennox International had a return on equity of 6,021.68% and a net margin of 7.63%. The firm had revenue of $897 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $883.46 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.11 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Lennox International Inc. will post $7.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 17th. Investors of record on Friday, March 31st will be issued a $0.43 dividend. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.00%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 29th. Lennox International’s payout ratio is currently 27.17%.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LII. American International Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Lennox International by 0.6% in the third quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 75,357 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,833,000 after buying an additional 463 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in shares of Lennox International by 4.7% in the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 72,468 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,380,000 after buying an additional 3,227 shares during the last quarter. Elkfork Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Lennox International during the fourth quarter worth $343,000. Kernodle & Katon Asset Management Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Lennox International during the third quarter worth $712,000. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors boosted its position in shares of Lennox International by 21.5% in the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 118,951 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,679,000 after buying an additional 21,051 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 68.82% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Morgan Stanley downgraded Lennox International from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $169.00 to $156.00 in a report on Monday, December 19th. Vertical Research restated a “hold” rating on shares of Lennox International in a report on Wednesday, December 14th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Lennox International from $160.00 to $171.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $158.13.

About Lennox International

Lennox International Inc (LII) is a global provider of climate control solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) markets. The Company operates in three segments: Residential Heating & Cooling; Commercial Heating & Cooling, and Refrigeration.

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