Shares of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $114.25.

KMB has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $138.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 21st. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on shares of Kimberly Clark from $113.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $105.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Finally, Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $109.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research report on Friday, January 25th.

In other Kimberly Clark news, insider Anthony J. Palmer sold 6,122 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $115.11, for a total transaction of $704,703.42. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.85% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Shorepoint Capital Partners LLC bought a new stake in Kimberly Clark during the 1st quarter worth about $279,000. Investment Partners LTD. bought a new stake in Kimberly Clark during the 4th quarter worth about $240,000. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Kimberly Clark during the 4th quarter worth about $337,207,000. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC grew its holdings in Kimberly Clark by 2.4% during the 4th quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC now owns 300,793 shares of the company’s stock worth $34,272,000 after acquiring an additional 7,144 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Kimberly Clark by 33.4% during the 1st quarter. Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC now owns 11,652 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,444,000 after acquiring an additional 2,915 shares during the last quarter. 73.33% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of KMB stock opened at $123.00 on Tuesday. Kimberly Clark has a 52-week low of $97.10 and a 52-week high of $124.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $42.42 billion, a PE ratio of 18.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.60. The company has a quick ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 51.24.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.68 by ($0.08). The business had revenue of $4.57 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.47 billion. Kimberly Clark had a net margin of 7.63% and a return on equity of 1,156.45%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.57 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Kimberly Clark will post 6.59 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 8th were issued a dividend of $1.03 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 7th. This represents a $4.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.35%. This is a positive change from Kimberly Clark’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.00. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio is currently 62.33%.

Kimberly Clark Company Profile

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and professional products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, and K-C Professional. The Personal Care segment offers disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise, and other brand names.

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