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

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 1.1%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose $1.06 (1.1%) to $99.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,697,788 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,597,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $98.92-$99.85 after having opened the day at $99.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.59. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Leading Brands ( LBIX), up 30.4%, Exceed Company ( EDS), up 9.1%, Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), up 6.6% and Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 6.6%.

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 $37.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, 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 negative front, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), down 7.9%, American Lorain ( ALN), down 7.0%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.1% and Pinnacle Foods ( PF), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with Nu Skin ( NUS) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

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