Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the eleven research firms that are covering the firm. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $133.88.

KMB has been the subject of several research analyst reports. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $124.00 price objective on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 1st. Atlantic Securities initiated coverage on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Monday. They issued an “underweight” rating and a $124.00 price objective for the company. Citigroup Inc. upped their price objective on shares of 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 “buy” rating and issued a $154.00 price objective on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in a research note on Monday, September 12th.

In other Kimberly-Clark Corp. news, Chairman Thomas J. Falk sold 206,445 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.40, for a total transaction of $27,539,763.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 125,574 shares in the company, valued at $16,751,571.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Thomas J. Mielke sold 11,946 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.37, for a total transaction of $1,521,562.02. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 33,557 shares in the company, valued at $4,274,155.09. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.58% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. James Investment Research Inc. raised its position in shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. by 3.6% in the second quarter. James Investment Research Inc. now owns 829 shares of the company’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 29 shares during the last quarter. Tortoise Investment Management LLC raised its position 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. raised its position 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 raised its position 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 raised its position 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 121.63 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $124.95 and its 200-day moving average price is $129.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $43.74 billion, a PE ratio of 22.55 and a beta of 0.42. Kimberly-Clark Corp. has a 52-week low of $116.38 and a 52-week high of $138.87.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) last issued its earnings results on Monday, July 25th. The company reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.48 by $0.05. The firm earned $4.60 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.56 billion. Kimberly-Clark Corp. had a net margin of 10.70% and a return on equity of 815.72%. The company’s revenue was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.41 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Kimberly-Clark Corp. will post $6.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 4th. Investors of record on Friday, September 9th were issued a dividend of $0.92 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $3.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.03%. Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 68.40%.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Company Profile

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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