Analyst Ratings for Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Shares of Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. KMB had previously received a consensus rating of Hold a month ago.

Of the 16 analysts covering the stock, 1 gave it a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 14 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 1.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for KMB. The maximum price target given was 157, which equates to a potential upside of 26.4 percent. The minimum price target given was 117, which equates to a potential downside of -5.8 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.88 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -1.88 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.64 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.79 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 5 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 7 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

KMB has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.06 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of KMB is 5.12.

In the last 52-weeks, KMB has achieved a high of 136.21 and a low of 111.30. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 11.6 percent, and 8.81 percent lower than its 52-week high. KMB has a price/earnings ratio of 20.77. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The KMB value stock report compares KMB to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $43.88 billion. KMB is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.