2. Helen of Troy ( HELE), is a global designer, developer, importer and distributor of an expanding portfolio of brand-name consumer products. It broadly operates in three segments: Personal Care, Housewares, and Healthcare and Home Environment. The company will announce its second-quarter results on Oct. 6. For the second quarter of 2012, net income is estimated at $27.47 million on sales of $289.0 million, as compared to $23.47 million recorded on $174.82 million sales for the same period in 2010, as per analysts polled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share are forecast at 87 cents for the quarter, a 16% increase from 75 cents in 2011 second quarter. The company's operating profit is seen rising by 25% to $34.50 million from $27.66 million in the year-ago period. Of the four analysts covering the stock, 50% recommend a buy while 25% suggest a hold. On an average, analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain almost 22% to $31.50 from current levels over the next 12 months.
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