BidaskClub lowered shares of Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Thursday, BidAskClub reports.

HELE has been the topic of several other research reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of Helen of Troy from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. DA Davidson raised their target price on shares of Helen of Troy from $172.00 to $184.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, October 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Bank of America raised their target price on shares of Helen of Troy from $170.00 to $175.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $179.50.

Shares of NASDAQ HELE traded down $1.11 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $153.75. 192,394 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 271,541. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 2.24. The company has a market cap of $3.87 billion, a PE ratio of 21.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.60 and a beta of 0.57. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $153.49 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $140.25. Helen of Troy has a 1-year low of $108.31 and a 1-year high of $169.25.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 8th. The company reported $2.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.96 by $0.28. The business had revenue of $414.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $390.55 million. Helen of Troy had a net margin of 10.80% and a return on equity of 18.80%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.98 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Helen of Troy will post 7.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Sciencast Management LP boosted its position in Helen of Troy by 3.7% in the second quarter. Sciencast Management LP now owns 4,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $617,000 after buying an additional 150 shares in the last quarter. Paloma Partners Management Co boosted its position in Helen of Troy by 3.9% in the second quarter. Paloma Partners Management Co now owns 4,354 shares of the company’s stock valued at $569,000 after buying an additional 163 shares in the last quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc acquired a new stake in Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at approximately $26,000. AdvisorNet Financial Inc boosted its position in Helen of Troy by 28.0% in the second quarter. AdvisorNet Financial Inc now owns 974 shares of the company’s stock valued at $127,000 after buying an additional 213 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new stake in Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at approximately $31,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.49% 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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