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 $1.53 (1.6%) to $95.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,025,108 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,081,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.60-$96.31 after having opened the day at $94.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.08. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN), up 11.0%, Entertainment Gaming Asia ( EGT), up 8.2%, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 6.3% and Tesla Motors ( TSLA), up 6.2%.

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 $36.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, SGOCO Group ( SGOC), down 11.1%, Kid Brands ( KID), down 6.7%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 5.4% and American Lorain ( ALN), down 4.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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