Shares of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $136.00.

HELE has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Bank of America upgraded Helen of Troy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $127.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 9th. DA Davidson increased their price target on Helen of Troy to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 4th. BidaskClub upgraded Helen of Troy from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, July 7th. ValuEngine upgraded Helen of Troy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 8th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Helen of Troy from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 14th.

Shares of HELE opened at $124.85 on Friday. Helen of Troy has a 52 week low of $81.10 and a 52 week high of $128.05. The company has a current ratio of 2.10, a quick ratio of 1.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.31 billion, a PE ratio of 18.50, a P/E/G ratio of 2.92 and a beta of 0.77.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last issued its earnings results on Monday, July 9th. The company reported $1.87 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.54. Helen of Troy had a return on equity of 19.01% and a net margin of 4.84%. The firm had revenue of $354.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $333.75 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.37 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Helen of Troy will post 7 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Helen of Troy news, insider Vincent D. Carson sold 6,531 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $111.28, for a total transaction of $726,769.68. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 0.62% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its position in shares of Helen of Troy by 1,338.9% in the second quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 916,725 shares of the company’s stock valued at $66,645,000 after acquiring an additional 853,013 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its position in shares of Helen of Troy by 3.4% in the second quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 62,628 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,166,000 after acquiring an additional 2,071 shares in the last quarter. Glenmede Trust Co. NA lifted its position in shares of Helen of Troy by 3.9% in the second quarter. Glenmede Trust Co. NA now owns 414,127 shares of the company’s stock valued at $40,771,000 after acquiring an additional 15,383 shares in the last quarter. Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH purchased a new position in shares of Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at approximately $1,461,000. Finally, Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at approximately $162,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.01% of the company’s stock.

Helen of Troy Company Profile

Helen of Troy Limited designs, develops, imports, markets, and distributes a portfolio of consumer products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Housewares, Health & Home, and Beauty. The Housewares segment offers food and beverage preparation tools and gadgets, storage containers, and organization products; household cleaning products, and shower organization, bathroom accessories, and gardening products; feeding and drinking products, child seating products, cleaning tools, and nursery accessories; and insulated water bottles, jugs, drinkware, travel mugs, and food containers.

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