Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

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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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose $1.26 (1.2%) to $104.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,329,039 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,345,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $103.27-$105.00 after having opened the day at $103.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.29. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 10.9%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), up 10.7%, Elizabeth Arden ( RDEN), up 8.5% and Harman International Industries ( HAR), up 8.2%.
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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 $39.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, growth in earnings per share, 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 high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Boston Beer Company ( SAM), down 11.6%, Lifetime Brands ( LCUT), down 8.1%, Inventure Foods ( SNAK), down 6.2% and Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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