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

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB) pushed the Consumer Non-Durables industry higher today making it today's featured consumer non-durables winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation rose $1.49 (1.4%) to $110.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,412,670 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,903,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $108.30-$110.44 after having opened the day at $108.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.75. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Northern Technologies International ( NTIC), up 18.0%, Mannatech ( MTEX), up 15.7%, Coty ( COTY), up 7.4% and Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 7.3%.

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 $41.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 4.1% 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 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 4.7%, CTI Industries Corporation ( CTIB), down 4.4%, American Apparel ( APP), down 4.4% and Oxford Industries ( OXM), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with VF Corporation ( VFC) being today's consumer non-durables industry laggard.

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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