Those holding Helen of Troy (NASDAQ:HELE) shares must be pleased that the share price has rebounded 32% in the last thirty days. But unfortunately, the stock is still down by 10% over a quarter. The full year gain of 16% is pretty reasonable, too.

All else being equal, a sharp share price increase should make a stock less attractive to potential investors. While the market sentiment towards a stock is very changeable, in the long run, the share price will tend to move in the same direction as earnings per share. So some would prefer to hold off buying when there is a lot of optimism towards a stock. Perhaps the simplest way to get a read on investors’ expectations of a business is to look