Helen of Troy Limited (HELE) continues to see higher Zacks Consensus Estimates for earnings. Forecasts are at $1.97 per share for the year ending February 2010, which is above last month’s $1.90.

For the following year, the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.16 climbed last month’s $1.91.

The second-quarter Zacks Consensus Estimate is at 39 cents, a penny above last month’s projection.

Improved Fundamentals

The company’s valuation, a forward P/E of 10.83, has become even more attractive than it was in mid-July, when Helen of Troy Limited was
featured as a Value pick.

Read our July 15 commentary on HELE.

Last Week’s Growth and Income Zacks Rank Buy Stocks

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (DRC) recently posted second-quarter earnings of 74 cents per share, outpacing the year-prior 55 cents and exceeding the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 28%. Read the full commentary on DRC.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) recently declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share, which translates into an industry-leading yield of 1.5%. The company also recently reported second-quarter earnings per share of 47 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 34%. Read the full commentary on NWL.

Maidenform Brands, Inc. (MFB) recently announced second-quarter results, which included a sales jump of 5.6% year-over-year thanks to strong demand for the company’s bras and shapewear products. Earnings per share of 31 cents topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 24%. Read the full commentary on MFB.

LINN Energy, LLC (LINE) continues to pay a huge distribution to shareholders of 11.20% as it also recently expanded its oil and gas properties with a play into the Permian Basin. The company recently surprised on the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the second quarter in a row. Read the full commentary on LINE.

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