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 2.6%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $3.88 (-3.5%) to $105.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,671,993 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,804,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $105.30-$109.56 after having opened the day at $109.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.37. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Mannatech ( MTEX), down 11.7%, Tandy Brands Accessories ( TBAC), down 10.6%, Orient Paper ( ONP), down 7.2% and Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 6.0%.

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 $41.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% 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 8 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Herbalife ( HLF), up 7.2%, Ever-Glory International Group ( EVK), up 2.7%, Wausau Paper Corporation ( WPP), up 2.6% and Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 1.6%.

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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