Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB] gain 7.96% so far this year. What now?

Kimberly-Clark Corporation [NYSE: KMB] traded at a high on 09/11/20, posting a 0.24 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $148.50. The company report on September 3, 2020 that Kimberly-Clark to Acquire Softex Indonesia, Significantly Expanding Presence in Southeast Asia.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Softex Indonesia, a leader in the fast-growing Indonesian personal care market, in an all-cash transaction for approximately $1.2 billion from a group of shareholders including CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific IV.

“This acquisition represents a compelling strategic fit and demonstrates our commitment to accelerate growth in developing and emerging markets,” said Mike Hsu, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark. “Moreover, adding Softex Indonesia and its brands to Kimberly-Clark will enhance our company’s underlying growth prospects and help us create even more long-term shareholder value.”.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 2098175 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of Kimberly-Clark Corporation stands at 2.25% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.53%.

The market cap for KMB stock reached $50.53 billion, with 340.90 million shares outstanding and 339.88 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.51M shares, KMB reached a trading volume of 2098175 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for KMB shares is $159.17 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on KMB stock is a recommendation set at 2.50. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Jefferies have made an estimate for Kimberly-Clark Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on March 30, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Deutsche Bank raised their target price from $123 to $124. The new note on the price target was released on October 23, 2019, representing the official price target for Kimberly-Clark Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $155, while BofA/Merrill analysts kept a Buy rating on KMB stock. On September 23, 2019, analysts increased their price target for KMB shares from 144 to 152.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Kimberly-Clark Corporation is set at 2.76, with the Price to Sales ratio for KMB stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.68. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 187.97, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 4.26. Price to Free Cash Flow for KMB in the course of the last twelve months was 36.43 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

How has KMB stock performed recently?

Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -2.46. With this latest performance, KMB shares dropped by -6.51% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 10.67% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 11.17% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for KMB stock in for the last two-week period is set at 39.07, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 33.25, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 43.25 for Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 151.22, while it was recorded at 149.86 for the last single week of trading, and 141.27 for the last 200 days.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB] shares currently have an operating margin of +17.86 and a Gross Margin at +34.96. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +11.69.

Return on Total Capital for KMB is now 41.60, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 34.75. Additionally, KMB Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 100.41, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 53.33.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB] managed to generate an average of $53,925 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 8.34 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 1.24.Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.

Earnings analysis for Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation posted 1.84/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.8/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 2.20%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for KMB. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Kimberly-Clark Corporation go to 6.33%.

Insider trade positions for Kimberly-Clark Corporation [KMB]

There are presently around $37,086 million, or 74.60% of KMB stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of KMB stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 28,740,118, which is approximately -1.812% of the company’s market cap and around 0.34% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 24,013,706 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.57 billion in KMB stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.61 billion in KMB stock with ownership of nearly -4.623% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Kimberly-Clark Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 675 institutional holders increased their position in Kimberly-Clark Corporation [NYSE:KMB] by around 16,985,966 shares. Additionally, 705 investors decreased positions by around 14,403,256 shares, while 286 investors held positions by with 218,350,029 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 249,739,251 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. KMB stock had 135 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,836,271 shares, while 84 institutional investors sold positions of 955,829 shares during the same period.

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