ValuEngine lowered shares of Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Thursday morning.

Other equities analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Kimberly Clark from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Kimberly Clark from an underweight rating to a neutral rating and lowered their target price for the company from $90.00 to $86.00 in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on Kimberly Clark from $103.00 to $108.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. UBS Group began coverage on Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, July 19th. They set a sell rating and a $90.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Societe Generale cut Kimberly Clark from a buy rating to a hold rating and lowered their price target for the company from $124.00 to $116.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eleven have given a hold rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $107.00.

NYSE:KMB opened at $114.38 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 32.28, a quick ratio of 0.49 and a current ratio of 0.76. Kimberly Clark has a fifty-two week low of $97.10 and a fifty-two week high of $124.15. The stock has a market cap of $40.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.72.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th. The company reported $1.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.02. Kimberly Clark had a return on equity of 432.18% and a net margin of 9.33%. The company had revenue of $4.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.60 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.49 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Kimberly Clark will post 6.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, September 7th will be paid a $1.00 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.50%. Kimberly Clark’s payout ratio is 64.21%.

In related news, insider Anthony J. Palmer sold 6,445 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.34, for a total value of $756,256.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,122 shares in the company, valued at approximately $718,355.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Aaron Powell sold 1,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.96, for a total value of $116,556.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 1,117 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $118,357.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.64% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA lifted its holdings in Kimberly Clark by 96.8% in the 2nd quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 4,809,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $506,642,000 after purchasing an additional 2,365,565 shares during the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA lifted its holdings in shares of Kimberly Clark by 1.8% during the second quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 3,230,516 shares of the company’s stock worth $340,302,000 after buying an additional 56,053 shares during the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Kimberly Clark by 121.8% during the second quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 2,478,731 shares of the company’s stock worth $261,110,000 after buying an additional 1,361,325 shares during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its holdings in shares of Kimberly Clark by 4.9% during the first quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 2,297,865 shares of the company’s stock worth $253,064,000 after buying an additional 107,275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Kimberly Clark by 3.4% during the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 2,195,142 shares of the company’s stock worth $231,237,000 after buying an additional 72,684 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 74.06% of the company’s stock.

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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