Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB): Today's Featured Consumer Non-Durables Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.00 (-1.0%) to $96.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,511,561 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,548,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $96.19-$97.20 after having opened the day at $96.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.20. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Titan International ( TWI), down 6.3%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.7%, Ocean Bio-Chem ( OBCI), down 5.5% and DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 5.4%.

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 $36.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, STR Holdings ( STRI), up 21.8%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 8.4%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 5.0% and Blyth ( BTH), up 4.5%.

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).

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

null

More from Markets

Replay: Jim Cramer on Tariffs, the Market Rally, Caterpillar and Micron

Replay: Jim Cramer on Tariffs, the Market Rally, Caterpillar and Micron

Video: When Planning for Retirement, Don't Underestimate Your Life Span

Video: When Planning for Retirement, Don't Underestimate Your Life Span

Video: Here's What May Come Next for Theranos Founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes

Video: Here's What May Come Next for Theranos Founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes

Charlie Gasparino Says GE Is Reportedly Looking to Slash Its Dividend Again

Charlie Gasparino Says GE Is Reportedly Looking to Slash Its Dividend Again

GE Confirms $11.1 Billion Transportation Merger With Wabtec

GE Confirms $11.1 Billion Transportation Merger With Wabtec