Kimberly-Clark Corp (KMB)

KMB (NYSE:Consumer Non-Durables) EQUITY
$129.15
pos +0.00
+0.00%
Today's Range: 128.19 - 129.60 | KMB Avg Daily Volume: 1,975,200
Last Update: 02/05/16 - 4:02 PM EST
Volume: 0
YTD Performance: 1.45%
Open: $0.00
Previous Close: $128.75
52 Week Range: $103.04 - $130.88
Oustanding Shares: 362,994,411
Market Cap: 46,735,530,416
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for KMB
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy 3 3 3 3
Moderate Buy 1 1 1 1
Hold 8 8 8 8
Moderate Sell 0 0 0 0
Strong Sell 0 0 0 0
Mean Rec. 2.42 2.42 2.42 2.42
Latest Dividend: 0.88
Latest Dividend Yield: 2.73%
Dividend Ex-Date: 12/02/15
Price Earnings Ratio: 22.35
Price Earnings Comparisons:
KMB Sector Avg. S&P 500
22.35 46.50 30.32
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
7.73% 17.39% 43.12%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue -6.80 -0.12 -0.04
Net Income -33.20 -0.42 -0.16
EPS -31.40 -0.38 -0.14
Earnings for KMB:
EBITDA 3.93B
Revenue 18.59B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (03/16) Qtr (06/16) FY (12/16) FY (12/17)
Average Estimate $1.52 $1.48 $6.10 $6.59
Number of Analysts 6 5 6 7
High Estimate $1.54 $1.53 $6.19 $6.88
Low Estimate $1.47 $1.43 $6.00 $6.13
Prior Year $1.42 $1.41 $5.76 $6.10
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 6.81% 4.96% 5.84% 8.02%
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A day full of sound and fury but perhaps signifying nothing. As I expected, the Fed acknowledged tightening financial conditions in the credit markets. Spreads have widened and the cost of debt and capital has risen. Here's my Fed analysis  and my strategy.  I viewed the strength in oil, in bank stocks and in credit (high yield) as providing hope and encouragement to me. I remain upbeat. I view the selloff today as an opportunity; I added to Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG), Comerica (CMA), Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC) and others. I had a damn love fest with RevShark today! Not surprisingly, stocks sold off and RevShark's correction prediction came to be. Here is what I wrote to Rev in Columnist Conversation: "I believe the obvious and consensus trade is to sell as the markets have ripped from Wednesday's lows -- of course there is a lot of space between then and now. But I am making what I believe to be the less obvious and contrary trade -- and I am buying. I believe markets will be relieved and that many are "offsides" for a further market advance. The beauty here is that you and I employ a level of transparently in our real-time trades, exercising our beliefs and show our analysis that yields our conclusions. Either outcome, I like -- and I hope is helpful to our subs." Where was the Divine Ms. M today when I needed her? On the other hand, I don't even know how to respond to Roger Arnold's over-the-top column on a "failing" Bank of America!!!!?!?!?!   But I shall remain respectful. From Columnist Conversations: "I intended to respond to your BAC column but it's been a hectic day and I didn't get the chance. I am diametrically opposed to your view, conclusion and analysis. The only way to deal with your speculative claims is to respond with facts. In the fullness of time I will show you my spreadsheets, which show that the bank's balance sheet is significantly improved and that it is growing its loan portfolio. The key to a bank's future growth is its capital and deposits, and Bank of America has plenty of both." Futures are up after the close. Up five handles -- Facebook (FB) effect? Futures recovered nearly half of the 30-point drop as of 4:40 p.m. ET. They bent but didn't break. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) closed down $2.07 -- it was down $3.10 at the worse level of the day. Technically, it looks like we had the third repudiation of SPY $191 and we have the support at the Wednesday gap at $185. But, so obvious! The U.S. dollar weakened. Gold was up another $4.40, continuing its multiday skein higher. Crude oil rose by 60 cents. The correlation between stocks and energy prices was abandoned today. In agricultural commodities, wheat was schmeissed (down eight cents) and corn was flat. Lumber was strong. Bonds reversed slightly to the upside after early morning weakness. Yields were flat to down two basis points across the maturities range. Municipals were well-bid and high yield was slightly lower in price and higher in yield. I am all in Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) and the three-day winning streak stayed intact. I finally like the developing price action. Apple (AAPL) was a feature and I contributed my two bits!  Banks, though well off their highs, were up on the day in a broadly lower tape. Life insurance stocks continued their steady descent; we have nearly 25% gains on MetLife (MET) and Lincoln National (LNC) shorts now. Staples were strong, absolutely and relatively, with gains in Procter & Gamble (PG), 3M (MMM) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB). Oils were mixed despite stronger crude prices. Media continued to get crushed; my gains are building up in my short book in this sector, where I'm short Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS). Old tech was crippled today, led by Microsoft (MSFT) and Buffett fav IBM (IBM). Another new low for iShares China Large-Cap (FXI). A short and on the Best Ideas List.  Autos were stable. Ford (F) was down and General Motors (GM) was up.  I am sticking to these shorts, but trimmed considerably last week. (T)FANG was broadly lower, ex Facebook (see below). I have been warning about this acronym for two months and its underperformance is conspicuous."The Day of Reckoning Near for the (T)FANGs?" from two weeks ago. Amazon (AMZN) was down $18 ("A Long List of Reasons to Short Amazon") and Netflix (NFLX) is really breaking down. I recently wrote up both and shorted -- NFLX is on my Best Ideas List (10/12/2015 at $113).  NOSH was not tasty, with Nike (NKE) and Starbucks (SBUX) weighing it down. CRABBY was not so; it was up across the board, though timidly so. Miracle of miracles!  Potash (POT), Radian Group (RDN) and Twitter (TWTR) showed some life after death today. All higher, but modestly so. eBay (EBAY) missed and guided lower after the close. Shares down by 11%. Mo mo oh no! Biotech was a wreck, with broad losses in the primary and secondary names. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) was down by almost 4%, led by rollup Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) going down and by Mallinckrodt (MNK). The same sellers in IBB are likely selling (T)FANG. Facebook's results were the "world's fair." Nothing NOT to dislike!
I thought today was a picture perfect day for the bullishly inclined. In the market without memory from day to day, the market forgot yesterday. Mr. Market had every reason to continue yesterday's schmeissing. It looked scary at the get go. If someone told you the Chinese stock market would be down 6% overnight, raise your hand if you would have expected the S&P 500 to advance by more than 20 handles? I don't see many hands. At their nadir, the S&P futures dropped by about 17 handles last evening. At 3:45 p.m. ET today, they had rallied by more than 40 handles. During the day there were several small dips; the market had every excuse to sell off, but buyers surfaced. There was an interesting and respectful debate between Rev and myself with regard to the enthusiasm corresponding to today's rally. I don't see it (I see fear and immobility), Rev sees optimism. (See my Columnist Conversation response and Rev's column.) It's an open debate that will not be resolved for a bit more time! Per the last bullet point, the investor sentiment numbers out midweek should be interesting. The U.S. dollar was modestly weaker today. Crude, the tail that wags the market's dog, climbed 90 cents. Natural gas was a penny higher. I covered my oil shorts in the session's early going. Gold was up $17. Treasuries were flattish, with most maturities showing a basis point change of one to two (up and down) in yield. Municipals were offered, but closed-end muni funds traded well.  They had been a source of funds recently). High-yield debt followed the crude market and was better bid. iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) was up 70 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was up 28 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) regained what it lost yesterday. I have further added over the last three days. Wheat was three cents higher, corn a penny lower and soybeans down a nickel. Lumber was up 2%. FInancials rebounded from Monday's poor showing. The planned acquisition by Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) of FirstMerit (FMER) sparked the regional sector. I continue to add to Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG), Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC). Staples, led by Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Procter & Gamble (PG), were strong. Old tech was well-bid, though gains were muted. (T)FANG underperformed. But as I mentioned, I believe this is a positive signpost. We want to see leadership broaden and (arguably) excessive speculative valuations curbed.  NOSH was higher, led by O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY). CRABBY was strong across the board, with all six components higher. I had an active trading day; I covered a number of shorts, including Exxon Mobil (XOM), Schlumberger (SLB), iShares MSCI Germany (EWG), iShares MSCI France (EWQ) and iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU). I also bought several new positions, including Procter & Gamble
The obligatory decline has occurred today, after a 90-handle move in the S&P Index over a two-and-a-half-day period. Futures near the low of the day. Not surprising to anyone. The contrary would have been a continued rise. The damage, thus far, has been relatively contained. The U.S. dollar was weaker today (1.0838 against the euro). Crude oil -- the object of algos and machines -- traded $1.52 lower after Friday's nearly 10% advance. Gold rallied by almost $10. Silver was 18 cents to the better. Wheat up a nickel, corn down a penny, soybeans up three cents, oats are flat. Treasuries essentially were unchanged across all maturities. Municipals unchanged. HIgh yield was junky -- iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) was down 50 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) was down 17 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) got hit after a better Friday. Energy stocks are lower on crude's move; that includes my favorite shorts, Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM). Banks are lower, but off the day's bottom. Regionals are weaker than money centers. "Gun to my hand" the sector may have made a short-term bottom. I've been watching the turn in JPMorgan Chase (JPM) from lows. Housing-related stocks got schmeissed -- mortgage insurance and home builders in particular. Staples were flattish, though Kimberly-Clark (KMB) a downside feature. Retail trying to rally, though Macy's (M) gave back Friday's ramp. Fertilizers got smacked, among them Monsanto (MON) and Potash (POT). (T)FANG mixed, with Google, now Alphabet (GOOG) and Tesla (TSLA) lower. Netflix (NFLX) continues weak. Amazon (AMZN) crosses above my short cost basis of $600 after it was much lower early last week. NOSH was lower, but O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) was up $6. CRABBY was lower, all five components. Twitter (TWTR) was down on management moves. A work-out. I added small to several long-term invest
Playing defense with Kimberly-Clark.
If Kimberly-Clark declines below $119, we would become cautious.
Bullish
Dec 14, 2015 | 7:26 AM EST
KMB was upgraded from Neutral to Buy, Goldman Sachs said. $155 price target. Company was also placed on the Conviction Buy list. Organi...
You need to steel yourself and your portfolio so you can tough it out whatever the Fed does on interest rates.
It is a more sanguine situation the broader we go. 
Case in point: The broad strength in the energy sector (look at Schlumberger (SLB) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) as examples) against the backdrop of lower oil prices. Or the broad strength in closed-end municipal bond funds against higher interest rates (and lower taxable and non-taxable bond prices) today.  Bonds are lower, and so are municipals. Banks and selected financials (e.g., Oaktree (OAK) and life insurance stocks) are higher. Junk bonds are offered. Crude is down by 1%. TFANG was broadly lower in the early going and is now broadly higher. Old tech led by Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Microsoft (MSFT). Alibaba (Baba) has some pep in its step, but Yahoo! (YHOO), which I have liquidated, is stalling. Consumer non-durables are mixed, but Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is a stand out. Biowreck is launching a nearly 4% rally, perhaps buoyed by the stability at Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). Retail was conspicuously weak in the morning and now mostly higher, too. No downticks today -- a steadily higher market typically characterized by buy programs. In looking at the drek, Twitter (TWTR) and Potash (POT) are both bouncing back. I did little today, as my confidence level is sub-optimal.
A bullish flag pattern points to more gains.

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