Why Clorox (CLX) Stock Is Lower In Pre-Market Trading Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of The Clorox Co. (CLX) are down by 1.71% to $95.57 in pre-market trading on Tuesday, following a ratings downgrade to "neutral" from "buy" at Citigroup.

The firm said it lowered its rating on the consumer and professional products manufacturer and marketer "given the still tough macro backdrop and intense competitive activity that is pressuring both growth and Clorox's market shares in many of the company's product categories."

B. Riley also downgraded Clorox to "sell" from "neutral," as it believes the company will not be acquired and has weak fundamentals.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CLOROX CO/DE as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CLOROX CO/DE (CLX) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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