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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for KMB. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 157, which equates to a potential upside of 26.4 percent. The lowest price target was 117, implying a possible loss 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.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -1.88 percent. 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.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, 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.

Analysts estimate earnings of KMB to grow at a rate of 4.06 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. 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. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.