Media coverage about Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly Clark earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 42.7041374884817 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Kimberly Clark (NYSE KMB) traded up $0.28 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $116.10. 1,978,160 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,017,729. The firm has a market cap of $40,716.96, a P/E ratio of 18.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a current ratio of 0.89, a quick ratio of 0.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.34. Kimberly Clark has a 1-year low of $109.51 and a 1-year high of $136.21.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.57 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $4.58 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.61 billion. Kimberly Clark had a return on equity of 427.79% and a net margin of 12.48%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.45 EPS. research analysts predict that Kimberly Clark will post 6.98 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be issued a dividend of $1.00 per share. This is a boost from Kimberly Clark’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.97. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.45%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 8th. Kimberly Clark’s payout ratio is currently 60.53%.

Several brokerages have recently commented on KMB. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Barclays restated a “hold” rating on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Societe Generale upgraded shares of Kimberly Clark from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $112.05 to $144.00 in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Citigroup set a $112.00 price target on shares of Kimberly Clark and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on shares of Kimberly Clark in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. They set a “hold” rating and a $121.00 price target on the stock. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $126.44.

In other Kimberly Clark news, insider Kimberly K. Underhill sold 23,158 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.77, for a total transaction of $2,773,633.66. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 31,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,729,757.57. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.56% of the company’s stock.

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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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