KMB stock: buy or sell?

KMB stock price: $142.74 1.44% At close on August 19th, 2019

Updated on:
August 19th, 2019


Kimberly-Clark raised 1.44% to $142.74 after topping to all time highs yesterday. Monday was the third climbing session in a row, gaining 4.33%.

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

Should I buy KMB stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Kimberly-Clark stock right now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Kimberly-Clark stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At, we collected 14 ratings published for KMB stock in the last month.

Is KMB a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-24Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-7-24JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aOverweight
2019-7-24Atlantic SecuritiesUnderweightNeutral
2019-6-19Bank of AmericaNeutralNeutral
2019-6-18Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-6-17Deutsche Bankn/aSell
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

Kimberly-Clark shares set new all time highs back again yesterday, setting highs to $143.16. Shares ended at $142.74 and raised 1.44%.

Kimberly-Clark touched new all time highs back again yesterday, marking to $143.16. Shares ended at $142.74 and raised 1.44%. KMB broke out again over $140.65 after a 2.90% correction started on Aug/13. On August/7 KMB price bounced up over the SMA of 50 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.

KMB stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Kimberly-Clark shares inched 1.44% this week and set a new all time high at $143.16. For 3 weeks in a row, price climbed and marked a profit of 5.01%.

KMB shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom early August, KMB climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. Late January KMB price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Early October, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 28.86%.

KMB stock chart (weekly)

KMB stock price history

KMB stock went public on March 17th, 1980 with a price of $0.291. Since then, KMB stock grew a 49,120.70%, with a yearly average of 1,259.50%. If you had invested right after KMB's IPO a $1,000 in KMB stock in 1980, it would worth $491,207.00 today.

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

KMB stock historical price chart

KMB stock reached all-time highs yesterday with a price of $143.16.

KMB stock price target is $127.70

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. You should not follow the analysts' KMB stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We have 13 price predictions for Kimberly-Clark stock published in the last 30 days:
KMB stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-24Morgan StanleyRaises Target$145.00$147.001.4%
2019-7-24JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Target$151.00$152.000.7%
2019-6-19Bank of AmericaReiterates$135.00$143.005.9%
2019-6-18Morgan StanleyRaises Target$132.00$145.009.8%
2019-6-17Deutsche BankRaises Target$113.00$122.008%
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)$120.80$127.706.0%
Moving in a range from $152.00 and $109.00, the price target for KMB stock is $127.70. In average, analysts' outlook on KMB price forecast is positive, upgrading the target by a 6.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on April, Kimberly-Clark climbed an extraordinary 16.43%. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
KMB earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Kimberly-Clark annual sales stayed constant a slightly good 0.75% to $18,486.00 M dollars from $18,348.00 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, instead, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) depreciated a -4.79% to 7.63%.

Kimberly-Clark presents anual results in December, and to evaluate its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Kimberly-Clark TTM sales up to March 2019 were $18,388.00 and income $1,771.00 million dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Kimberly-Clark business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, remained constant a neutral -0.53%. Regarding profit margin, Kimberly-Clark appreciated 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 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 1.40% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $454.00 million with a profit margin of 9.80%. Profit margin remained constant a 0.80% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 9.00%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Kimberly-Clark sales marked a disappointing loss and slightly fell 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 invest in a company, it's always worth to check 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.

For a better context understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$49.1 B$62.8 B$275.7 M$20.7 B$44.2 B
Total shares343.8 M859.8 M16.5 M127.4 M219.3 M
Float shares342.6 M797.5 M16.2 M126.3 M219.6 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

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Day range$140.79 - $143.16
Previous close$140.72
Session gain1.44%
Average true range$3.15
50d mov avg$136.80
100d mov avg$131.29
200d mov avg$121.80
Daily patternlb01c
Weekly pattern lb03c

Kimberly-Clark performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. For Kimberly-Clark, the comparison is made against Colgate-Palmolive, Clearwater Paper, Clorox, Estee Lauder Companies, Energizer, and Procter & Gamble.
CLWClearwater Paper-7.02%-50.74%-41.95%
ELEstee Lauder Comp...22.48%27.59%50.47%
PGProcter & Gamble13.42%21.55%48.65%

Kimberly-Clark competitors

One check before investing in any stock is to review a list of its competitors, in this case for Kimberly-Clark. We selected 7 companies as Kimberly-Clark competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.

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