Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) had its price target boosted by Bank of America from $135.00 to $160.00 in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on HELE. DA Davidson reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Helen of Troy in a research report on Thursday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Helen of Troy from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Helen of Troy from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Helen of Troy from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 27th. Finally, Sidoti lowered shares of Helen of Troy from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Helen of Troy presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $144.67.

NASDAQ HELE opened at $134.06 on Wednesday. Helen of Troy has a 12 month low of $89.65 and a 12 month high of $145.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a current ratio of 1.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.44, a P/E/G ratio of 3.28 and a beta of 0.68.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last posted its earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The company reported $1.82 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.38 by $0.44. Helen of Troy had a net margin of 10.77% and a return on equity of 18.54%. The company had revenue of $384.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $364.66 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.69 earnings per share. Helen of Troy’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, analysts predict that Helen of Troy will post 7.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Helen of Troy news, Director Timothy F. Meeker sold 2,400 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.00, for a total transaction of $345,600.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.62% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 4.5% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,197,246 shares of the company’s stock worth $419,416,000 after buying an additional 137,467 shares during the period. Fisher Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 1.0% during the fourth quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 766,662 shares of the company’s stock worth $100,571,000 after buying an additional 7,374 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 154.6% during the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 670,569 shares of the company’s stock worth $77,759,000 after buying an additional 407,141 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 9.1% during the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 506,484 shares of the company’s stock worth $58,731,000 after buying an additional 42,109 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 7.9% during the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 395,750 shares of the company’s stock worth $45,891,000 after buying an additional 28,880 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 96.87% 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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