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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for KMB. The most optimistic price target was 157, which equates to a potential upside of 26.4 percent. The minimum price target given was 117, implying potential capital losses of -5.8 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.88 percent on average, compared to last month. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -1.88 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.64 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.79 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their 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, compared to 7 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

KMB has an estimated earnings growth rate of 4.06 percent as forecasted by analysts. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. KMB has a PEG ratio of 5.12.

In the trailing 52-weeks, KMB hit 136.21 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 111.30. Today's price is 11.6 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 8.81 percent. KMB has a P/E 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.