KMB stock: buy or sell?

KMB stock price: $130.08 -0.02% At close on May 21st, 2019

Updated on:
May 21st, 2019


After climbing for 4 sessions, Tuesday Kimberly-Clark remained stable a neutral -0.02%, closing at $130.08.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and professional products worldwide.

Should I buy KMB stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Having a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Kimberly-Clark stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Kimberly-Clark stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we gathered 8 ratings published for KMB stock in the last month.

Is KMB a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-4-16Wells Fargo & CoMarket PerformHold
2019-4-16Wells Fargo & CoMarket PerformMarket Perform
2019-2-12Morgan StanleyEqual WeightEqual Weight
2019-2-12Exane BNP Paribasn/aOutperform
2019-1-24Morgan StanleyUnderweightEqual Weight
2019-1-18JPMorgan Chase & Co.NeutralOverweight

KMB stock analysis

Daily outlook

After climbing for 4 days, Tuesday Kimberly-Clark remained stable a neutral -0.02%, closing at $130.08.

On April/22, KMB hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $126.74 recorded . New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences. After climbing for 4 days, Tuesday Kimberly-Clark remained steady a neutral -0.02%, closing at $130.08. On January KMB price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On January, SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up triggering a rise of 11.98%.

KMB stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Kimberly-Clark inched a slightly good 0.89% this week.

Not so far away is the last all-time high Kimberly-Clark marked late April. Kimberly-Clark stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Since late January when KMB stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $22.92 (21.39%). Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up early October, KMB price climbed $18.45 per share (16.53%).

KMB stock chart (weekly)

KMB stock price history

KMB stock went public on March 17th, 1980 with a price of $0.301. Since then, KMB stock grew a 43,260.00%, with a yearly average of 1,109.20%. If you had invested $1,000 in KMB stock in 1980, it would worth $432,600.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

KMB stock historical price chart

KMB stock reached all-time highs on Apr 22nd with a price of $132.47.

KMB stock price target is $118.90

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we found 8 price forecasts for Kimberly-Clark stock:
KMB stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-4-23CitigroupSet Price Target$102.00$116.0013.7%
2019-4-16Wells Fargo & CoReiterates$105.00$115.009.5%
2019-4-16Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$105.00$115.009.5%
2019-2-12Morgan StanleyRaises Target$113.00$124.009.7%
2019-2-12Exane BNP ParibasInitiatesn/a$130.00-
2019-1-24Morgan StanleyUpgrades$107.00$113.005.6%
2019-1-18JPMorgan Chase & Co.Upgradesn/a$129.00-
(in average)$106.40$118.9012.0%
Moving in a range from $130.00 and $109.00, the price prediction for KMB stock is $118.90. In average, analysts' outlook on KMB price forecast is positive, increasing the target by a 12.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on Apr/22, Kimberly-Clark gained a good 5.29%. As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
KMB earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a slightly good movement of 0.75% to $18,486.00 M USD. Instead, its income margin (compared to sales) depreciated to 7.63%, that is $1,410.00 million.

To have an up to date view of the financial situation of Kimberly-Clark, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Kimberly-Clark TTM sales up to March 2019 were $18,388.00 and income was $1,771.00 million dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Kimberly-Clark business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, stayed stable a neutral -0.53%. Regarding profit margin, Kimberly-Clark raised 2.00% to 7.63%

KMB annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$21,150 M-$2,140 M10.1%-
2014$19,724 M-6.74%$1,526 M7.7%-28.69%
2015$18,591 M-5.74%$1,013 M5.4%-33.62%
2016$18,202 M-2.09%$2,166 M11.9%113.82%
2017$18,348 M0.80%$2,278 M12.4%5.17%
2018$18,486 M0.75%$1,410 M7.6%-38.10%
TTM $18,388 M-0.53%$1,771 M9.6%25.60%

Quarterly financial results

Kimberly-Clark reported $4,633.00 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 1.40% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $454.00 million with a profit margin of 9.80%. Profit margin stayed steady a 0.80% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 9.00%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Kimberly-Clark sales marked an unpleasant decrease and declined a -2.07%.
KMB quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$4,550 M-$531 M11.7%-
2017-Q3$4,640 M1.98%$567 M12.2%6.78%
2017-Q4$4,514 M-2.72%$617 M13.7%8.82%
2018-Q1$4,731 M4.81%$93 M2.0%-84.93%
2018-Q2$4,604 M-2.68%$455 M9.9%389.25%
2018-Q3$4,582 M-0.48%$451 M9.8%-0.88%
2018-Q4$4,569 M-0.28%$411 M9.0%-8.87%
2019-Q1$4,633 M1.40%$454 M9.8%10.46%

Kimberly-Clark ownership

When you are planning to buy a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Kimberly-Clark shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.40% of all shares.

In case of Kimberly-Clark stock, 75.07% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for KMB stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Kimberly-Clark:

Market cap$44.7 B$61.4 B$296.7 M$18.9 B$37.3 B
Total shares343.8 M858.5 M16.5 M127.4 M222.1 M
Float shares342.5 M800.2 M16.2 M127.1 M220.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)75.1%78.5%89.5%79.5%91.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.4%0.4%3.0%0.1%1.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

KMB summary

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Day range$129.75 - $130.62
Previous close$130.11
Session gain-0.02%
Average true range$1.89
50d mov avg$124.18
100d mov avg$118.97
200d mov avg$114.74
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

Kimberly-Clark performance

To better understand Kimberly-Clark performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Kimberly-Clark performance to Colgate-Palmolive, Clearwater Paper, Clorox, Estee Lauder Companies, Energizer, and Procter & Gamble:
CLWClearwater Paper-46.99%-35.77%-26.39%
ELEstee Lauder Comp...6.04%20.69%12.71%
PGProcter & Gamble6.85%17.95%47.90%

Kimberly-Clark competitors

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