Is Kimberly Clark Corp a Sell? The Stock Had Bearish Options Activity Today

 Is Kimberly Clark Corp a Sell? The Stock Had Bearish Options Activity Today

In today’s session Kimberly Clark Corp (KMB) recorded an unusually high (2,438) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the October, 2016 put, expecting serious KMB decrease. With 2,438 contracts traded and 48134 open interest for the Oct, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: KMB161021P00125000 closed last at: $3.8 or 5.6% up. About 523,579 shares traded hands. Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) has declined 10.56% since March 14, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 16.17% the S&P500.

Analysts await Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) to report earnings on October, 24. They expect $1.53 EPS, up 1.32% or $0.02 from last year’s $1.51 per share. KMB’s profit will be $545.18M for 19.78 P/E if the $1.53 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.53 actual EPS reported by Kimberly Clark Corp for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 0.00% EPS growth.

Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) Ratings Coverage

Out of 10 analysts covering Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), 3 rate it a “Buy”, 1 “Sell”, while 6 “Hold”. This means 30% are positive. Kimberly-Clark has been the topic of 16 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock has “Neutral” rating given by Citigroup on Wednesday, July 27. The stock of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) earned “Buy” rating by Deutsche Bank on Tuesday, September 15. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, July 21 by Sterne Agee CRT. The stock of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) earned “Buy” rating by Goldman Sachs on Monday, December 14. Societe Generale upgraded Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) on Friday, October 23 to “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sector Perform” rating in Thursday, October 22 report. The stock of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, September 17 by Zacks. On Thursday, October 22 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Buy”. On Monday, March 21 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight”. The stock of Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) has “Neutral” rating given on Monday, October 26 by B. Riley & Co.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Kimberly-Clark Corporation is one of the leading consumer products companies. Its global tissue, personal care and health care brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Scott, Kimberly-Clark, Safeskin, Tecnol, Kimwipes and Wypall. Other brands well known outside the U.S. include Andrex, Scottex, Page, Popee and Kimbies. Kimberly-Clark also is a major producer of premium business, correspondence and technical papers. (Company Press Release)”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 0.9 in 2016 Q2. Its up 0.07, from 0.83 in 2016Q1. The ratio improved, as 63 funds sold all Kimberly Clark Corp shares owned while 445 reduced positions. 76 funds bought stakes while 383 increased positions. They now own 242.40 million shares or 5.05% less from 255.29 million shares in 2016Q1.
Tetrem Capital Mgmt Limited last reported 2,094 shares in the company. Jane Street Gp Limited Liability Com holds 0.01% or 15,825 shares in its portfolio. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board last reported 41,993 shares in the company. Karpus Mngmt accumulated 0.02% or 3,342 shares. Wfg Advsr Lp last reported 0.33% of its portfolio in the stock. D E Shaw And Inc owns 371,447 shares or 0.09% of their US portfolio. Osborn Rohs Williams Donohoe Limited owns 13,569 shares or 0.36% of their US portfolio. Greenleaf Trust reported 5,159 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Texan Capital Mngmt last reported 7,080 shares in the company. The Texas-based Shamrock Asset Management Ltd Limited Liability Company has invested 0.07% in Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB). Parthenon Ltd accumulated 0.11% or 3,204 shares. Dai Ichi Life Ins Company Limited accumulated 133,872 shares or 0.55% of the stock. Keybank Natl Association Oh, a Ohio-based fund reported 205,014 shares. Benjamin F Edwards Incorporated last reported 2,749 shares in the company. Advisors Asset Management holds 0.22% of its portfolio in Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) for 97,701 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since May 5, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 7 insider sales for $32.94 million net activity. 12,407 shares with value of $1.61 million were sold by Gottung Lizanne C on Thursday, August 4. The insider Mielke Thomas J. sold $1.52M. On Thursday, August 4 PALMER ANTHONY J. sold $400,400 worth of the stock or 3,080 shares. 3,073 shares were sold by Underhill Kimberly K, worth $392,632 on Thursday, May 5. FALK THOMAS J sold 206,445 shares worth $27.54M. On Thursday, May 12 MacQuillan Sandra sold $659,120 worth of the stock or 5,080 shares.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The company has a market cap of $43.13 billion. The Firm operates through three divisions: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue and K-C Professional. It has a 22.47 P/E ratio. The Company’s Personal Care segment offers various solutions and products, such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products.

KMB Company Profile

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, incorporated on June 29, 1928, is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of products made from natural or synthetic fibers. The Firm operates through three divisions: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue and K-C Professional. The Firm sells its products to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, warehouse clubs, variety and department stores, and other retail outlets. The Firm sells its products for away-from-home use through distributors and directly to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service and public facilities. The Firm has manufacturing facilities in over 40 countries.

More news for Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) were recently published by: Wsj.com, which released: “At Kimberly-Clark, ‘Dead Wood’ Workers Have Nowhere to Hide” on August 21, 2016. Prnewswire.com‘s article titled: “Kimberly-Clark to Webcast 3rd Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call” and published on October 10, 2016 is yet another important article.

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