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

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) pushed the Consumer Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Consumer Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.55 (-1.5%) to $103.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,441,130 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,770,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $103.74-$105.26 after having opened the day at $105.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.38. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that declined today were: Lululemon Athletica ( LULU), down 11.7%, Verso Paper ( VRS), down 9.5%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 7.1% and Central Garden & Pet Company ( CENTA), down 6.4%.

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 $40.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.3% 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 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, Elecsys Corporation ( ESYS), up 9.6%, Icahn ( IEP), up 6.9%, Natuzzi SPA ( NTZ), up 6.3% and Coffee Holding Company ( JVA), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the consumer goods sector with VF Corporation ( VFC) being today's featured consumer goods sector leader.

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