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Kimberly-Clark Corporation

(

KMB

) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose 70 cents (0.9%) to $81.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.87-$81.59 after having opened the day at $81.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.71. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were:

STR Holdings

(

STRI

), up 15.5%,

Chromcraft Revington

(

CRC

), up 8.7%,

Tufco Technologies

(

TFCO

), up 8.2%, and

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(

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $32 billion and is part of the

consumer non-durables

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Cereplast

(

CERP

), down 25%,

Enova Systems

(

ENA

), down 17.6%,

Mad Catz Interactive

(

MCZ

), down 11.4%, and

Standard Register Company

(

SR

), down 10.7%, were all losers within the consumer goods sector with

BRF - Brasil Foods

(

BRFS

) being today's consumer goods sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods

(

IYK

) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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