News stories about Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly Clark earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 44.128731855512 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- Update on JNJ’s Consumer Products: Baby Care, Beauty, and Oral Care (finance.yahoo.com)
- Analysts Anticipate Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB) Will Post Earnings of $1.70 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Tickets on Sale Now for RENT in Appleton (broadwayworld.com)
- New Tax Cuts Will Save Billions. But for Whom? (finance.yahoo.com)
- $4.59 Billion in Sales Expected for Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on KMB shares. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised Kimberly Clark from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Citigroup reduced their price objective on Kimberly Clark from $125.00 to $124.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Societe Generale raised Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $112.05 to $144.00 in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank started coverage on Kimberly Clark in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. They set a “hold” rating and a $121.00 price objective on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $125.87.
Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $4.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.61 billion. Kimberly Clark had a return on equity of 427.79% and a net margin of 12.48%. Kimberly Clark’s quarterly revenue was up .8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.45 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Kimberly Clark will post 6.98 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th will be paid a $1.00 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. This is a boost from Kimberly Clark’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.97. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.55%. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 62.68%.
In related news, insider Kimberly K. Underhill sold 23,158 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.77, for a total value of $2,773,633.66. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 31,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,729,757.57. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.56% of the stock is 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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