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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.14 (-1.2%) to $96.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,192,231 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,636,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $96.79-$98.95 after having opened the day at $98.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.95. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 5.2%, STR Holdings ( STRI), down 4.5%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 3.7% and Tupperware Brands Corporation ( TUP), down 3.0%.
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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 $37.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 positive front, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB), down 41.1%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 9.4%, Standard Register Company ( SR), down 6.7% and Exceed Company ( EDS), down 6.4% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Goodyear Tire & Rubber ( GT) 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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