Traders bought shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) on weakness during trading on Friday. $63.57 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $40.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $23.55 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Kimberly-Clark Corp. had the 19th highest net in-flow for the day. Kimberly-Clark Corp. traded down ($0.67) for the day and closed at $126.78

KMB has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $132.00 target price (up previously from $130.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Sunday, July 24th. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $124.00 target price on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Citigroup Inc. increased their target price on Kimberly-Clark Corp. from $135.00 to $139.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a “conviction-buy” rating and set a $156.00 price objective (up previously from $152.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Friday, July 15th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $134.44.

The stock has a market capitalization of $45.59 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.51. The company has a 50-day moving average of $132.10 and a 200 day moving average of $131.51.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) last announced its earnings results on Monday, July 25th. The company reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.48 by $0.05. The business earned $4.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.56 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.41 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Kimberly-Clark Corp. will post $6.08 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 9th will be issued a dividend of $0.92 per share. This represents a $3.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.90%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 7th.

In other Kimberly-Clark Corp. news, SVP Lizanne C. Gottung sold 6,204 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $132.17, for a total transaction of $819,982.68. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 11,797 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,559,209.49. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Chairman Thomas J. Falk sold 206,445 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.40, for a total value of $27,539,763.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 125,574 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,751,571.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 45.3% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 946,302 shares of the company’s stock valued at $120,465,000 after buying an additional 294,962 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 283.5% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 213,593 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,191,000 after buying an additional 157,893 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 6.3% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,273,430 shares of the company’s stock valued at $162,108,000 after buying an additional 75,573 shares in the last quarter. King Luther Capital Management Corp increased its position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. King Luther Capital Management Corp now owns 1,331,371 shares of the company’s stock valued at $169,484,000 after buying an additional 44,889 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee purchased a new position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,822,000.

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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