Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the six analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $165.00.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on HELE shares. BidaskClub downgraded Westport Fuel Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Bank of America set a $25.00 target price on Levi Strauss & Co. and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 10th. ValuEngine downgraded W&T Offshore from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. DA Davidson restated a “buy” rating on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, Sidoti downgraded Helen of Troy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 8th.

NASDAQ HELE traded down $2.89 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $147.97. The company had a trading volume of 168,719 shares, compared to its average volume of 329,063. Helen of Troy has a fifty-two week low of $108.31 and a fifty-two week high of $151.73. The stock has a market cap of $3.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.04 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 2.20 and a quick ratio of 1.04. The business’s 50 day moving average is $136.66.



Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 9th. The company reported $1.78 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.40 by $0.38. The company had revenue of $376.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $351.54 million. Helen of Troy had a return on equity of 18.61% and a net margin of 10.81%. The company’s revenue was up 6.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.87 earnings per share. As a group, equities analysts predict that Helen of Troy will post 7.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Vincent D. Carson sold 13,415 shares of Helen of Troy stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.08, for a total value of $1,959,663.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Timothy F. Meeker sold 2,400 shares of Helen of Troy stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.00, for a total value of $345,600.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.77% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new position in Helen of Troy in the second quarter worth about $31,000. Asset Planning Services Ltd. acquired a new position in Helen of Troy in the second quarter worth about $58,000. AdvisorNet Financial Inc grew its stake in Helen of Troy by 28.0% in the second quarter. AdvisorNet Financial Inc now owns 974 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after purchasing an additional 213 shares in the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC grew its stake in Helen of Troy by 14.2% in the second quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 6,425 shares of the company’s stock worth $839,000 after purchasing an additional 800 shares in the last quarter. Finally, WINTON GROUP Ltd grew its stake in Helen of Troy by 660.2% in the second quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 32,734 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,275,000 after purchasing an additional 28,428 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 98.67% 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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