Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) – Equities researchers at KeyCorp lowered their Q4 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Helen of Troy in a research report issued on Wednesday. KeyCorp analyst J. Gere now forecasts that the company will earn $1.35 per share for the quarter, down from their prior estimate of $1.53. KeyCorp currently has a “Hold” rating on the stock.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last issued its earnings results on Monday, January 8th. The company reported $2.52 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.07 by $0.45. The company had revenue of $453.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $452.81 million. Helen of Troy had a net margin of 1.28% and a return on equity of 18.37%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.37 EPS.

Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Helen of Troy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. BidaskClub cut shares of Helen of Troy from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. TheStreet lowered shares of Helen of Troy from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Helen of Troy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $99.67.

Shares of Helen of Troy (HELE) traded up $0.50 during trading on Friday, hitting $96.50. 172,102 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 189,269. The company has a market cap of $2,571.41, a PE ratio of 132.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.40 and a beta of 0.91. Helen of Troy has a 52 week low of $85.40 and a 52 week high of $102.88. The company has a quick ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 1.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in HELE. Flinton Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Helen of Troy by 66.0% in the 2nd quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 1,408 shares of the company’s stock valued at $133,000 after buying an additional 560 shares during the period. Riverhead Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in shares of Helen of Troy by 85.0% in the 2nd quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 1,665 shares of the company’s stock valued at $157,000 after buying an additional 765 shares during the period. Citigroup Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Helen of Troy by 18.3% in the 2nd quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 1,735 shares of the company’s stock valued at $163,000 after buying an additional 268 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Helen of Troy by 17.7% in the 2nd quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,966 shares of the company’s stock valued at $185,000 after buying an additional 295 shares during the period. Finally, Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in Helen of Troy in the 2nd quarter worth $213,000. 92.78% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other news, Director Timothy F. Meeker sold 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.00, for a total value of $235,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 0.57% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Helen of Troy

Helen Of Troy Limited is a global consumer products company that offers a range of solutions for its customers through a range of brands. The Company is a global designer, developer, importer, marketer and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products. The Company has three segments. The Housewares segment provides a range of consumer products for the home.

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