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

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Kimberly-Clark ( 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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Kimberly-Clark rose $1.14 (1.0%) to $112.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,976,231 shares of Kimberly-Clark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,899,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.03-$112.49 after having opened the day at $111.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.11. Other companies within the Consumer Non-Durables industry that increased today were: Zuoan Fashion ( ZA), up 19.9%, Energizer Holdings ( ENR), up 14.3%, Iconix Brand Group ( ICON), up 6.7% and Mobile Mini ( MINI), up 6.4%.

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 has a market cap of $41.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Kimberly-Clark a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimberly-Clark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Summer Infant ( SUMR), down 6.4%, China XD Plastics ( CXDC), down 5.7%, American Apparel ( APP), down 4.0% and Vera Bradley ( VRA), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the consumer non-durables industry with Cooper Tire & Rubber ( CTB) 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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