Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) Cut to Hold at BidaskClub

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Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) was downgraded by stock analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday, BidAskClub reports.

HELE has been the subject of a number of other research reports. DA Davidson lifted their price objective on Helen of Troy from $196.00 to $197.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 29th. Bank of America reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $190.00 price objective (up from $160.00) on shares of Helen of Troy in a research note on Thursday, April 30th. ValuEngine raised Helen of Troy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 24th. Oppenheimer increased their price target on Helen of Troy from $175.00 to $185.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 30th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Helen of Troy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $190.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, May 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Helen of Troy currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $194.25.

HELE traded down $7.43 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $177.24. 12,649 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 204,627. The stock has a market cap of $4.60 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.98 and a beta of 0.90. Helen of Troy has a fifty-two week low of $104.01 and a fifty-two week high of $198.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 2.01 and a quick ratio of 1.26. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $166.61 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $165.63.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 28th. The company reported $1.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.64 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $442.37 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $401.49 million. Helen of Troy had a return on equity of 19.29% and a net margin of 8.92%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.82 earnings per share. Research analysts anticipate that Helen of Troy will post 7.64 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grew its holdings in Helen of Troy by 0.9% during the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 6,575 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,182,000 after purchasing an additional 56 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 37.3% in the first quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 276 shares of the company’s stock worth $40,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Advisory Research Inc. grew its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 1.3% in the first quarter. Advisory Research Inc. now owns 6,271 shares of the company’s stock worth $903,000 after acquiring an additional 81 shares during the last quarter. Amalgamated Bank grew its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 4,786 shares of the company’s stock worth $860,000 after acquiring an additional 103 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. grew its stake in shares of Helen of Troy by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 1,715 shares of the company’s stock worth $308,000 after acquiring an additional 108 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.63% of the company’s stock.

About Helen of Troy

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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