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What: Shares of Helen of Troy
So what: Perhaps investors wouldn't have been as disappointed in Helen's performance if it hadn't had quite so much potential. Sales at the personal-care and housewares maker were actually up a strong 59% year over year -- yet all the company managed to get from that was a $100,000 improvement in net profit -- and a $0.01 decline in per-share earnings (thanks to stock dilution).
Now what: This is a disappointing performance, to be sure. But I'm not sure it justifies the punishment Helen endured today. At a share price just 8 times its reported net income, Helen still looks reasonably priced to me based on long-term estimates of 10% annual growth.
Will investors ultimately reach the same conclusion? Add Helen of Troy to your Fool Watchlist and find out.
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