Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday. The company reported $1.60 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.06, Bloomberg Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $4.64 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.65 billion. Kimberly-Clark Corporation had a net margin of 11.82% and a return on equity of 636.30%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.52 earnings per share.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) traded down 0.44% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $112.04. 3,063,545 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $117.91 and a 200-day moving average price of $124.69. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a 52 week low of $110.33 and a 52 week high of $136.21. The stock has a market cap of $39.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.71 and a beta of 0.76.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th were paid a dividend of $0.97 per share. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 7th. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 64.88%.

Several research firms recently weighed in on KMB. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $122.00 price objective (down previously from $133.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a report on Thursday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 7th. Citigroup Inc. set a $134.00 price objective on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 7th. Finally, UBS AG downgraded shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $134.00 to $120.00 in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $126.73.

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In related news, Director Robert W. Decherd bought 1,500 shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 3rd. The shares were purchased at an average price of $122.21 per share, for a total transaction of $183,315.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 43,444 shares in the company, valued at $5,309,291.24. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.56% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Company Profile

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Company’s segments include Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional and Corporate & Other. The Company’s Personal Care segment offers various solutions and products, such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products.

Earnings History for Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB)

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