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 down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $2.01 (-1.8%) to $107.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,235,815 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,685,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $107.04-$109.40 after having opened the day at $108.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.16. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), down 9.1%, Mannatech ( MTEX), down 5.1%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 5.1% and Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 5.0%.

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 $41.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 19.5%, Mercer International ( MERC), up 4.0%, Delta Apparel ( DLA), up 3.2% and Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), up 2.4% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Herbalife ( HLF) 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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