A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB):

  • 7/31/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating.
  • 7/27/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank.
  • 7/26/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation had its “sector perform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada. They now have a $121.00 price target on the stock.
  • 7/26/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at UBS Group AG. They now have a $119.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $120.00.
  • 7/26/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was given a new $132.00 price target on by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 7/24/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Kimberly-Clark’s stocks have been underperforming the broader industry over the past six months, due to unfavorable prices and dismal organic sales. It has been witnessing slower organic sales growth, especially in the developing and emerging markets, due to lower volumes and a difficult economic scenario. Also the company’s diaper segment is witnessing lower market share, as consumers are seen to shift to either premium or less expensive diaper offerings. Unfavorable foreign currency translations and inflationary environment also continue to pose as headwinds for the company. Nevertheless, the company has put in place several growth initiatives including regular innovation and cost saving strategies to improve its performance. Estimates for second quarter decreased by a penny in the past thirty days while the same has remained stable for fiscal 2017.”
  • 7/12/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating. They now have a $120.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $134.00.
  • 7/11/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 7/7/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was given a new $134.00 price target on by analysts at Citigroup Inc.. They now have a “sell” rating on the stock.
  • 7/7/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Kimberly-Clark have underperformed as compared to the industry over the past one year. We note that Kimberly-Clark has been witnessing slower organic sales growth, especially in developing and emerging markets, over the past few quarters, due to lower volumes and a difficult economic. During the first quarter 2017, higher volumes across China, Eastern Europe and Brazil were offset by the decline in net selling prices. Also the company’s diaper segment is witnessing lower market share, as consumers are seen to shift to either premium or less expensive diaper offerings. The company is however positive about its cost-containment and restructuring efforts and remains confident with its regular innovation and expansion strategies. But, unfavorable foreign currency translations and inflationary environment continue to pose as threats for the company.”
  • 7/6/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. They now have a $122.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $133.00.
  • 7/1/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 6/22/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 6/19/2017 – Kimberly-Clark Corporation was given a new $157.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) opened at 121.07 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $125.40 and its 200 day moving average price is $128.48. The firm has a market cap of $42.77 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.22 and a beta of 0.76. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a 52 week low of $111.30 and a 52 week high of $136.21.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.49 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49. The business had revenue of $4.55 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.56 billion. Kimberly-Clark Corporation had a net margin of 11.82% and a return on equity of 636.30%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.53 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Kimberly-Clark Corporation will post $6.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be given a dividend of $0.97 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.20%. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 64.88%.

In other Kimberly-Clark Corporation news, insider Sergio Cruz sold 7,078 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.01, for a total transaction of $920,210.78. Following the sale, the insider now owns 4,910 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $638,349.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert W. Decherd purchased 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $122.21 per share, for a total transaction of $183,315.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 43,444 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,309,291.24. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.56% of the company’s stock.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Corporate & Other. 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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