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.

KMB was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 157, implying a possible profit of 26.4 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 117, which equates to a potential downside of -5.8 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -1.88 percent. That number becomes -1.88 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.64 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.79 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 5 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 7 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of KMB's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 4.06 percent. 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. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. KMB has a PEG ratio of 5.12.

KMB has traded between a high of 136.21 and a low of 111.30 over the past year. Today's price is 11.6 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 8.81 percent. 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 market cap of KMB is $43.88 billion. KMB's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.