Analysts suggest Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) could spike 25.73% in a year

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is -2.51% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $110.66 and a high of $160.16 in the current 52-week trading range. The KMB stock was last observed hovering at around $131.76 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.31% off its average median price target of $150.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 25.73% off the consensus price target high of $177.00 offered by 16 analysts, but current levels are -3.5% lower than the price target low of $127.00 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $131.45, the stock is -2.00% and -3.55% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.26 million and changing -0.24% at the moment leaves the stock -7.56% off its SMA200. KMB registered -6.26% loss for a year compared to 6-month loss of -7.52%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $135.83 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $144.46.

The stock witnessed a -3.17% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -13.80%, and is -1.46% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.61% over the week and 1.50% over the month.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) has around 40000 employees, a market worth around $44.66B and $18.89B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 19.11 and Fwd P/E is 16.81. Profit margin for the company is 12.50%. Distance from 52-week low is 18.79% and -17.93% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (30.60%).

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) is a “Hold”. 16 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.60, where 8 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 6 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 2 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is expected to release its quarterly report on 04/26/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $1.61 with sales reaching $4.7B over the same period.The EPS is expected to grow by 42.90% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 3.00% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 2.60% in year-over-year returns.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) Top Institutional Holders

2,033 institutions hold shares in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB), with 1.15M shares held by insiders accounting for 0.34% while institutional investors hold 75.78% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 341.00M, and float is at 338.99M with Short Float at 2.10%. Institutions hold 75.52% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 28.33 million shares valued at $4.18 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 8.33% of the KMB Shares outstanding. As of Sep 29, 2020, the second largest holder is Blackrock Inc. with 23.91 million shares valued at $3.53 billion to account for 7.03% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are State Street Corporation which holds 17.39 million shares representing 5.11% and valued at over $2.57 billion, while Massachusetts Financial Services Co. holds 2.09% of the shares totaling 7.1 million with a market value of $1.05 billion.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) Insider Activity

A total of 12 insider transactions have happened at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 5 and purchases happening 7 times. The most recent transaction is an insider purchase by DECHERD ROBERT W, the company’s Director. SEC filings show that DECHERD ROBERT W bought 3,000 shares of the company’s common stock on Oct 29 at a price of $132.67 per share for a total of $0.4 million. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 48444.0 shares.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Jul 30 that Powell Aaron (President, Asia Pacific) sold a total of 8,663 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Jul 30 and was made at $151.38 per share for $1.31 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 2491.0 shares of the KMB stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Jul 24, Underhill Kimberly K (President, KCNA) disposed off 11,715 shares at an average price of $148.00 for $1.73 million. The insider now directly holds 33,058 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB).

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL) that is trading 21.97% up over the past 12 months. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is 9.86% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 8.42% from the last report on Nov 12, 2020 to stand at a total of 6.53 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 2.91.

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