Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Kimberly-Clark results beat as tissue sales climb

A total of 8,404,490 shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade contrast with its average trading volume of 22.74M shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.56. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) has declined 10.04% since April 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 30.33% the S&P500. It also reduced its holding in Accenture Ltd Cl A (NYSE:ACN) by 2,435 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 64,062 shares, and cut its stake in Visa Inc Cl A (NYSE:V). EPS of $1.70 is 8.28 % up from 2017's $1.57 EPS. Its down 0.03, from 0.96 in 2017Q3.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. 122 funds opened positions while 265 raised stakes.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), KMB is given a 3.00 while 3.00 placed for DDR. Afam Capital Inc bought 28,472 shares as the company's stock declined 10.91% with the market. Davis R M invested in 0.14% or 30,001 shs. Verity & Verity Limited Com reported 12,911 shares stake. Foster Motley Inc owns 18,091 shares. State Street holds 0.05% or 3.52 million shares. Compton Cap Management Ri owns 1,925 shares or 0.1% of their USA portfolio. Natixis holds 34,642 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. First Financial In holds 0.33% or 4,270 shares. Edinburgh Prns holds 7.09% or 159,301 shares in its portfolio. California Public Employees Retirement System holds 0% or 72,700 shares in its portfolio. Blackhill holds 2.25% or 103,300 shares in its portfolio. Chelsea Counsel Company has 25,152 shares for 1.62% of their portfolio. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 85% are positive. Apple Inc. had 400 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has "Sell" rating given on Friday, October 16 by TheStreet. The rating was maintained by UBS with "Neutral" on Wednesday, July 26. Rosenblatt maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Wednesday, August 2 report. The stock has "Hold" rating by KeyBanc Capital Markets on Thursday, October 12. (NASDAQ:HSIC) on Wednesday, July 5 with "Hold" rating. (NASDAQ:GILD) earned "Buy" rating by Mizuho on Monday, February 12.

Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 5 sales for $26.72 million activity. Finance Advisory Ser reported 2,575 shs. Over a month, it has seen its stock price volatility to stay at 2.18% while shortening the period to a week, volatility was 2.15%. Cornerstone Advsrs reported 1,661 shs. Analysts expect change of 8.28 % or $0.13 from previous year's $1.57 earnings per share compared to current's $1.70 earnings per share. KMB's profit will be $595.11M for 14.71 P/E if the $1.70 EPS becomes a reality.

Maximum and minimum EPS estimate for the current quarter is projected at $1.74 and $1.52, respectively, according to 11 analysts.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation had 1 insider sale and 0 insider buys since January 29, 2018.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.93 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.09, from 1.02 in 2017Q3.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Funds hold 252.01 million shares thus 2.69% more from 2017Q3's 245.40 million shares. Golub Ltd Llc stated it has 0.12% of its portfolio in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB). On Tuesday, October 24 the stock of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) earned "Market Perform" rating by Wells Fargo. Atria Invs Limited Liability Corp has invested 0.14% in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB). Rmb Cap Ltd Liability reported 21,060 shs or 0.07% of all its holdings. The New Hampshire-based Impax Asset Mngmt Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.02% in Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB). Duncker Streett And Inc has 568 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio.

On 5/1/2017 Sandra Macquillan, SVP, sold 5,081 with an average share price of $129.82 per share and the total transaction amounting to $659,615.42. Northern Tru has 5.39M shares for 0.16% of their portfolio. Strategy Asset Managers Limited Liability Corp reported 2,752 shares.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB)'s distance from 200 day simple moving average is -14.35 percent, its distance from 50 day simple moving average is -9.39 percent, while its distance from 20 day simple moving average is -6.82 percent. Moreover, Profund Limited Liability Company has 0.01% invested in Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) for 1,782 shares.

According to Finviz reported data, The SMA20 of the stock is at -6.82 percent, SMA50 is -9.39 percent, while SMA200 is -14.35 percent. Veritable LP accumulated 0.04% or 23,702 shares. Therefore 13% are positive. As per Friday, September 15, the company rating was initiated by Macquarie Research. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Monday, January 29 with "Hold". Deutsche Bank maintained Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) on Thursday, October 22 with "Buy" rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained it with "Hold" rating and $121.0 target in Monday, November 13 report. Societe Generale downgraded the stock to "Hold" rating in Friday, March 10 report. The rating was maintained by Roth Capital with "Buy" on Tuesday, June 6. The company was maintained on Thursday, April 19 by Wells Fargo.

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