Shelton Capital Management purchased a new stake in Clorox Company (The) (NYSE:CLX) in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 5,554 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $740,000.

A number of other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Clorox Company (The) by 2.6% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 14,534,634 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,936,595,000 after purchasing an additional 369,918 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Clorox Company (The) by 1,402.2% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 10,390,206 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,400,912,000 after acquiring an additional 9,698,542 shares during the period. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Clorox Company (The) by 2.2% during the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 7,648,999 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,031,304,000 after acquiring an additional 167,689 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in shares of Clorox Company (The) by 5.3% during the 2nd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,412,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $587,934,000 after acquiring an additional 221,168 shares during the period. Finally, Valueinvest Asset Management S.A. lifted its holdings in shares of Clorox Company (The) by 6.9% during the 1st quarter. Valueinvest Asset Management S.A. now owns 1,580,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $213,085,000 after acquiring an additional 102,300 shares during the period. 71.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $137.00 price objective (up from $136.00) on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Clorox Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Clorox Company (The) from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Clorox Company (The) in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $127.39.

Clorox Company (CLX) opened at 129.14 on Friday. Clorox Company has a one year low of $111.24 and a one year high of $141.76. The company’s 50-day moving average is $134.59 and its 200 day moving average is $134.61. The company has a market capitalization of $16.67 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.21 and a beta of 0.39.

Clorox Company (The) (NYSE:CLX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Clorox Company (The) had a net margin of 11.74% and a return on equity of 190.67%. The business had revenue of $1.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.65 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.30 earnings per share. Clorox Company (The)’s revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Clorox Company will post $5.66 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 13th. Investors of record on Wednesday, October 25th will be given a dividend of $0.84 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, October 24th. This represents a $3.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.60%. Clorox Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio is 63.04%.

In related news, EVP James E. Foster sold 9,861 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $138.51, for a total transaction of $1,365,847.11. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 22,069 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,056,777.19. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Dawn C. Willoughby sold 2,158 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.00, for a total transaction of $297,804.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 21,242 shares of company stock valued at $2,944,449 in the last ninety days. 1.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Clorox Company (The) Profile

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.

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