Kimberly Clark (KMB) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly Clark earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.4946295329746 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Kimberly Clark (KMB) traded up $1.35 on Thursday, hitting $118.43. The stock had a trading volume of 2,007,217 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,187,300. The company has a market cap of $41,660.00, a P/E ratio of 19.54, a PEG ratio of 2.96 and a beta of 0.75. The company has a current ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 14.17. Kimberly Clark has a 12-month low of $109.67 and a 12-month high of $136.21.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The company reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $4.64 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.65 billion. Kimberly Clark had a return on equity of 666.97% and a net margin of 11.89%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.52 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Kimberly Clark will post 6.21 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th were given a dividend of $0.97 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.28%. Kimberly Clark’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.03%.

KMB has been the subject of several analyst reports. Societe Generale upgraded Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $112.05 to $144.00 in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kimberly Clark from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Barclays restated a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $121.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $119.00 target price on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, September 7th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $126.00.

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About Kimberly Clark

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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