Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) Gains Contribute To Strong Performance

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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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose $1.07 (1.1%) to $97.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $96.47-$97.99 after having opened the day at $96.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.91. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Tufco Technologies ( TFCO), up 12.1%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 11.1%, Standard Register Company ( SR), up 9.7%, and China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 7.3%.
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Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a market cap of $37.64 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Exceed Company ( EDS), down 14%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), down 7.2%, Oxford Industries ( OXM), down 4.7%, and MOD-PAC Corporation ( MPAC), down 4%, were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with PVH ( PVH) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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