Kimberly Clark (KMB) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

News headlines about Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly Clark earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 45.2290655162749 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

NYSE KMB opened at $109.41 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.58, a current ratio of 0.89 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.34. The company has a market capitalization of $38,328.69, a PE ratio of 17.56, a P/E/G ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.66. Kimberly Clark has a 52-week low of $104.58 and a 52-week high of $134.29.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $4.58 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.61 billion. Kimberly Clark had a net margin of 12.48% and a return on equity of 427.79%. The firm’s revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.45 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Kimberly Clark will post 7 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th were given a dividend of $1.00 per share. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.66%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. This is a positive change from Kimberly Clark’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.97. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.21%.

Several research analysts have commented on KMB shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kimberly Clark from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 27th. Barclays set a $119.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Citigroup cut shares of Kimberly Clark from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $113.00 target price for the company. in a report on Monday, December 11th. Finally, Deutsche Bank started coverage on shares of Kimberly Clark in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $121.00 target price for the company. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $124.56.

In related news, insider Kimberly K. Underhill sold 23,158 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.77, for a total transaction of $2,773,633.66. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 31,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,729,757.57. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.64% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Kimberly Clark

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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