Kimberly-Clark Corporation

(

KMB

) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.8%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose $1.72 (2.5%) to $71.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 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 $70.75-$71.51 after having opened the day at $71.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.75. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were:

Spartech Corporation

(

SEH

), up 17.7%,

Zep Inc

(

ZEP

), up 16%,

Inter Parfums Inc

(

IPAR

), up 15%, and

CTI Industries Corporation

(

CTIB

), up 12.7%.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional & Other, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $27.46 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider

Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR

(

XLP

) while those bearish on the consumer non-durables industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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