Swiss National Bank Sells 500 Shares of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE)

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Swiss National Bank reduced its position in Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) by 1.0% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 47,600 shares of the company’s stock after selling 500 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned approximately 0.19% of Helen of Troy worth $6,216,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at approximately $31,000. Asset Planning Services Ltd. purchased a new stake in Helen of Troy in the second quarter valued at $58,000. AdvisorNet Financial Inc boosted its holdings 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 purchasing an additional 213 shares during the last quarter. Convergence Investment Partners LLC purchased a new stake in Helen of Troy in the first quarter valued at $191,000. Finally, Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Helen of Troy during the 2nd quarter worth about $219,000. Institutional investors own 93.92% of the company’s stock.

In other news, Director Vincent D. Carson sold 13,415 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 accessible through this hyperlink. 0.77% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of research firms have commented on HELE. DA Davidson increased their price objective on shares of Helen of Troy from $167.00 to $172.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 19th. Sidoti cut shares of Helen of Troy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 8th. Bank of America lifted their price target on shares of Helen of Troy from $160.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 10th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Helen of Troy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 19th. 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. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $168.50.

Shares of HELE opened at $147.45 on Wednesday. Helen of Troy Limited has a 12-month low of $108.31 and a 12-month high of $153.93. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $148.00 and its 200-day moving average is $130.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.67 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.28, a P/E/G ratio of 2.86 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 2.20 and a quick ratio of 1.04.

Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 9th. The company reported $1.78 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.40 by $0.38. The company had revenue of $376.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $351.54 million. Helen of Troy had a net margin of 10.81% and a return on equity of 18.61%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.87 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Helen of Troy Limited will post 7.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Helen of Troy 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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