Drilling Down Into Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) is an interesting player in the Consumer Goods space, with a focus on Personal Products. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $112.66, down from yesterday’s close by -0.89%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) currently trades with a market capitalization of $39.72 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 0.84 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $2.14 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.7 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.24% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Kimberly-Clark Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $136.21. It is now trading 23.55% off that level. The stock is trading $117.82 its 50-day moving average by 5.16%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $109.51.

In recent action, Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB) has made a move of -1.40% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.62, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 5.48% with $351.23 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of KMB.

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