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

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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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell 96 cents (-1.1%) to $86.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.22-$87 after having opened the day at $86.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.34. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Cereplast ( CERP), down 14.9%, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 9.9%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), down 4.7%, and Frederick's of Hollywood Group ( FOH), down 3.2%.
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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 $33.76 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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