Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) insider Paz Gustavo Calvo sold 5,802 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $128.32, for a total value of $744,512.64. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 800 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $102,656. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) traded down 1.01% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $111.27. The company had a trading volume of 1,923,974 shares. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a 12 month low of $110.33 and a 12 month high of $136.21. The company has a market capitalization of $39.31 billion, a PE ratio of 18.58 and a beta of 0.76. The company has a 50-day moving average of $117.20 and a 200-day moving average of $124.21.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The company reported $1.60 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by $0.06. Kimberly-Clark Corporation had a return on equity of 666.97% and a net margin of 11.89%. The firm had revenue of $4.64 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.65 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.52 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Kimberly-Clark Corporation will post $6.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th were issued a $0.97 dividend. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 7th. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 64.03%.

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A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in KMB. Waldron LP acquired a new position in Kimberly-Clark Corporation during the first quarter worth $255,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its stake in Kimberly-Clark Corporation by 0.5% during the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 76,079 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,014,000 after purchasing an additional 351 shares in the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. lifted its stake in Kimberly-Clark Corporation by 116.9% during the first quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 10,392 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,368,000 after purchasing an additional 5,601 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in Kimberly-Clark Corporation by 20.5% during the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,657,528 shares of the company’s stock worth $218,180,000 after purchasing an additional 282,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, World Asset Management Inc lifted its stake in Kimberly-Clark Corporation by 15.6% during the first quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 41,708 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,490,000 after purchasing an additional 5,615 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 70.49% of the company’s stock.

KMB has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Berenberg Bank restated a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Citigroup Inc. set a $132.00 target price on Kimberly-Clark Corporation and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $122.00 target price (down previously from $133.00) on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $121.00 target price on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $127.14.

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.

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