Clorox Company (The) (NYSE:CLX) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fifteen brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have assigned a hold recommendation and three have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $127.39.

Several research firms recently weighed in on CLX. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $137.00 price target (up from $136.00) on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $136.00 price target (down from $140.00) on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a research report on Friday, August 4th. BMO Capital Markets set a $150.00 price target on Clorox Company (The) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $115.00 target price on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Clorox Company (The) from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st.

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Shares of Clorox Company (CLX) traded up 0.28% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $134.31. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 526,295 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $17.34 billion, a PE ratio of 25.18 and a beta of 0.40. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $133.58 and its 200-day moving average is $133.56. Clorox Company has a 52-week low of $111.24 and a 52-week high of $141.76.

Clorox Company (The) (NYSE:CLX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $1.65 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. Clorox Company (The) had a return on equity of 190.67% and a net margin of 11.74%. Clorox Company (The)’s quarterly revenue was up 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.30 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Clorox Company will post $5.67 EPS for the current year.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in Clorox Company (The) by 1,402.2% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,390,206 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,400,912,000 after buying an additional 9,698,542 shares during the period. Parnassus Investments CA bought a new stake in Clorox Company (The) during the first quarter valued at about $434,255,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Clorox Company (The) by 4.8% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 14,164,716 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,909,829,000 after buying an additional 649,766 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in Clorox Company (The) by 24.6% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,341,272 shares of the company’s stock valued at $178,433,000 after buying an additional 265,200 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in Clorox Company (The) by 24.5% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,341,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $178,728,000 after buying an additional 263,700 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 70.29% of the company’s stock.

About Clorox Company (The)

The Clorox Company is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail outlets, e-commerce channels, wholesale distributors and medical supply distributors. The Company operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle and International.

Analyst Recommendations for Clorox Company (The) (NYSE:CLX)

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