Nomura Holdings Inc. increased its position in Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) by 10.9% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 25,054 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 2,460 shares during the period. Nomura Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Kimberly-Clark Corp. were worth $3,418,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in KMB. James Investment Research Inc. boosted its stake in Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 3.6% in the second quarter. James Investment Research Inc. now owns 829 shares of the company’s stock worth $114,000 after buying an additional 29 shares during the period. Tortoise Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 5.3% in the second quarter. Tortoise Investment Management LLC now owns 842 shares of the company’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 42 shares during the last quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 50.7% in the second quarter. Jackson Grant Investment Advisers Inc. now owns 4,496 shares of the company’s stock valued at $147,000 after buying an additional 1,513 shares during the last quarter. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management boosted its stake in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 0.9% in the second quarter. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management now owns 1,145 shares of the company’s stock valued at $157,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Finally, RPg Family Wealth Advisory LLC boosted its stake in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 21.0% in the first quarter. RPg Family Wealth Advisory LLC now owns 1,210 shares of the company’s stock valued at $163,000 after buying an additional 210 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 68.37% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) opened at 124.94 on Thursday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $127.01 and a 200 day moving average price of $130.82. The firm has a market capitalization of $44.93 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.17 and a beta of 0.35. Kimberly-Clark Corp. has a 12-month low of $106.66 and a 12-month high of $138.87.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) last released its quarterly 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 firm had revenue of $4.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.56 billion. Kimberly-Clark Corp. had a return on equity of 815.72% and a net margin of 10.70%. Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.41 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Kimberly-Clark Corp. will post $6.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm 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. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $3.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 68.40%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $154.00 target price on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a report on Monday, September 12th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $124.00 target price on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a report on Sunday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Citigroup Inc. boosted their price target on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from $135.00 to $139.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 27th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $132.00 price target (up previously from $130.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a report on Sunday, July 24th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Kimberly-Clark Corp. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $136.63.

In other Kimberly-Clark Corp. news, Chairman Thomas J. Falk sold 206,445 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was 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 in the company, valued at approximately $16,751,571.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP Lizanne C. Gottung sold 6,204 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $132.17, for a total value 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.58% of the company’s stock.

About Kimberly-Clark Corp.

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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