News stories about Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kimberly-Clark Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 46.6047418985011 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) traded up 0.14% on Wednesday, hitting $121.61. 1,461,867 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $42.97 billion, a PE ratio of 20.31 and a beta of 0.76. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has a 52 week low of $111.30 and a 52 week high of $136.21. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $127.36 and a 200 day moving average of $128.48.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.49 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49. Kimberly-Clark Corporation had a net margin of 11.82% and a return on equity of 636.30%. The firm had revenue of $4.55 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.56 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.53 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Kimberly-Clark Corporation will post $6.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be paid a $0.97 dividend. This represents a $3.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.19%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 64.88%.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on KMB shares. B. Riley reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a research report on Sunday, April 23rd. TheStreet raised shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “c+” rating to an “a-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) set a $157.00 price objective on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, June 19th. Jefferies Group LLC started coverage on shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $134.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 13th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Kimberly-Clark Corporation has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $133.14.

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In other news, insider Sergio Cruz sold 7,078 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.01, for a total value of $920,210.78. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 4,910 shares in the company, valued at $638,349.10. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Thomas J. Mielke sold 20,108 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $128.11, for a total transaction of $2,576,035.88. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 23,543 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,016,093.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.56% of the company’s stock.

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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