Investors bought shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $41.72 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $24.70 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.02 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Kimberly-Clark Corp. had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Kimberly-Clark Corp. traded down ($0.73) for the day and closed at $129.40

A number of analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Argus reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Deutsche Bank AG cut shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $130.00 to $145.00 in a research note on Monday, April 25th. TheStreet raised shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Kimberly-Clark Corp. has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $134.44.

The stock has a market cap of $46.54 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.99. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $133.45 and its 200-day moving average is $131.30.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) last released its earnings results on Monday, July 25th. The company reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.05. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.41 EPS. The firm earned $4.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.56 billion. The firm’s revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Kimberly-Clark Corp. will post $6.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 9th will be paid a $0.92 dividend. This represents a $3.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 7th.

In other news, SVP Sandra Macquillan sold 5,080 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.75, for a total value of $659,130.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,187 shares in the company, valued at approximately $932,513.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Chairman Thomas J. Falk sold 206,445 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.40, for a total transaction of $27,539,763.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 125,574 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $16,751,571.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in KMB. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 0.4% in the third quarter. Buckingham Capital Management Inc. now owns 16,231 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,770,000 after buying an additional 64 shares in the last quarter. Rench Wealth Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Rench Wealth Management Inc. now owns 33,484 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,263,000 after buying an additional 104 shares in the last quarter. Smith Salley & Associates increased its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Smith Salley & Associates now owns 19,102 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,431,000 after buying an additional 151 shares in the last quarter. S&T Bank PA increased its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. S&T Bank PA now owns 24,290 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,092,000 after buying an additional 215 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Burney Co. increased its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Burney Co. now owns 20,318 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,605,000 after buying an additional 285 shares in the last quarter.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Company operates through three segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue and K-C Professional. The Company’s Personal Care segment offers various solutions and products, such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products.

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