MUFG Americas Holdings Corp lessened its stake in shares of Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) by 36.7% during the 3rd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 4,418 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,559 shares during the quarter. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp’s holdings in Clorox were worth $665,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Pacer Advisors Inc. grew its position in shares of Clorox by 18.7% during the 3rd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 7,037 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,058,000 after buying an additional 1,108 shares in the last quarter. Martin Capital Partners LLC bought a new position in shares of Clorox during the 3rd quarter worth $409,000. Paloma Partners Management Co bought a new position in shares of Clorox during the 3rd quarter worth $2,480,000. Bell Rock Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Clorox during the 3rd quarter worth $1,422,000. Finally, LPL Financial LLC grew its position in shares of Clorox by 7.6% during the 3rd quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 108,345 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,296,000 after buying an additional 7,625 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 77.96% of the company’s stock.
Shares of CLX stock opened at $164.52 on Friday. Clorox Co has a 1-year low of $113.57 and a 1-year high of $167.70. The stock has a market cap of $21.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.28, a P/E/G ratio of 4.04 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.38, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a current ratio of 1.07.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 8th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 23rd will be paid a $0.96 dividend. This represents a $3.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.33%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 22nd. Clorox’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 61.34%.
In other Clorox news, SVP Michael R. Costello sold 6,882 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $160.08, for a total value of $1,101,670.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Benno O. Dorer sold 152,449 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $164.83, for a total value of $25,128,168.67. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 111,735 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $18,417,280.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 287,911 shares of company stock valued at $46,842,570. 1.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
CLX has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Clorox from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Argus raised Clorox from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $175.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 25th. ValuEngine raised Clorox from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 22nd. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Clorox from $153.00 to $165.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Barclays set a $131.00 price objective on Clorox and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 6th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $146.00.
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The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle, and International. The company offers laundry additives, including bleach products under the Clorox brand, as well as Clorox 2 stain fighter and color booster; home care products primarily under the Clorox, Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, S.O.S, and Tilex brands; naturally derived products under the Green Works brand; and professional cleaning, disinfecting, and food service products under the Clorox, Dispatch, HealthLink, Clorox Healthcare, Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece, and Soy Vay brands.
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