Headlines about Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly Clark earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.5389775535953 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Kimberly Clark (KMB) traded up $0.15 during trading on Friday, reaching $115.49. 2,589,763 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,160,000. The company has a market cap of $40,620.00, a PE ratio of 19.06, a P/E/G ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 0.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 14.17, a quick ratio of 0.64 and a current ratio of 0.97. Kimberly Clark has a 52-week low of $109.67 and a 52-week high of $136.21.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The company reported $1.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $4.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.65 billion. Kimberly Clark had a net margin of 11.89% and a return on equity of 666.97%. The business’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.52 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Kimberly Clark will post 6.2 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th were issued a $0.97 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $3.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.36%. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.03%.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on KMB shares. Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $121.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Friday, October 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their target price for the company from $115.55 to $100.00 in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Citigroup reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $125.00 target price (down from $131.00) on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Kimberly Clark presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $126.50.

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Kimberly Clark 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’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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