Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry lower today making it today's featured Consumer Non-Durables laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.53 (-1.8%) to $85.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.19-$88.25 after having opened the day at $87.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.88. Other company's within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Cereplast ( CERP), down 13.9%, China Shengda Packaging Group ( CPGI), down 13.8%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 11.4%, and Standard Register Company ( SR), down 5.6%.

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 $34.18 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio of 19.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Spartech Corporation ( SEH), up 12.3%, Blyth ( BTH), up 9.9%, Tumi Holdings ( TUMI), up 8.4%, and Fifth & Pacific Companies ( FNP), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Coach ( COH) being today's featured consumer non-durables industry leader.

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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