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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark Corporation fell $1.38 (-1.2%) to $108.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,465,127 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,712,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $108.32-$109.70 after having opened the day at $108.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.02. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that declined today were: Standard Register Company ( SR), down 4.8%, CCA Industries ( CAW), down 4.6%, Swisher Hygiene ( SWSH), down 4.3% and DS Healthcare Group ( DSKX), down 3.9%.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products worldwide. It operates through 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. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, Fuwei Films (Holdings ( FFHL), up 9.7%, Verso Paper ( VRS), up 4.8%, Xerium Technologies ( XRM), up 4.5% and Summer Infant ( SUMR), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the consumer non-durables industry with Cooper Tire & Rubber Company ( CTB) 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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