Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB) Getting Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) have trended positive recently, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One 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 Corp earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 78 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

KMB has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Societe Generale cut shares of Kimberly Clark Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $139.00 to $144.00 in a research note on Friday, March 10th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Kimberly Clark Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 13th. Vetr lowered Kimberly Clark Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $139.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. assumed coverage on Kimberly Clark Corp in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. They set a “neutral” rating and a $139.00 target price on the stock. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Kimberly Clark Corp from a “c+” rating to an “a-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $133.50.

Shares of Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB) traded up 0.16% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $130.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,153,829 shares. The company has a market cap of $46.21 billion, a PE ratio of 21.49 and a beta of 0.65. Kimberly Clark Corp has a 12-month low of $111.30 and a 12-month high of $138.87. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $129.10 and a 200-day moving average of $125.06.

Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 24th. The company reported $1.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.03. Kimberly Clark Corp had a return on equity of 614.22% and a net margin of 11.90%. The business had revenue of $4.48 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.50 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.53 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up .2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Kimberly Clark Corp will post $6.27 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 9th will be given a $0.97 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 7th. This represents a $3.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.98%. Kimberly Clark Corp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 61.54%.

In related news, insider Sergio Cruz sold 7,078 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.01, for a total transaction of $920,210.78. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 4,910 shares in the company, valued at $638,349.10. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Sandra Macquillan sold 5,081 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $129.82, for a total value of $659,615.42. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 5,364 shares in the company, valued at $696,354.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 32,267 shares of company stock worth $4,155,862 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.58% of the company’s stock.

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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’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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