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|Bid||104.00 x 900|
|Ask||107.00 x 900|
|Day's Range||103.49 - 104.77|
|52 Week Range||97.10 - 134.29|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||20.55|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.00 (3.81%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
As would-be parents push back parenthood and birth rates continue to decline companies that provide baby products are feeling the pinch.
A time-honored strategy for conservative investors is to focus on stocks with high dividend yields and a history of dividend increases. "Companies that consistently grow their dividends tend to be high-quality companies with the potential to withstand market turmoil, and they can still deliver strong risk-adjusted returns over time," according to ETF provider ProShares, as quoted by Barron's. Barron's found 53 stocks in the S&P 500 Index (SPX) that have increased their dividends in each of the last 25 years. Among the highest-yielding stocks in that group are: Kimberly-Clark Corp. ( KMB), 3M Co. ( MMM), Consolidated Edison Inc. ( ED), Cardinal Health Inc. ( CAH), Leggett & Platt Inc. ( LEG), PepsiCo Inc. ( PEP) and Federal Realty Investment Trust ( FRT).
Along with fast delivery and convenient shopping, another key advantage that Amazon (AMZN) holds over retailers is its low pricing. Amazon’s pricing advantage and scale have put many small retailers out of business. Large retailers are forced to invest in the price to drive traffic and stay relevant with consumers.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is showing improvement on both the sales and earnings fronts. However, near-term headwinds continue to restrict the company’s upside. Kimberly-Clark’s top line is benefiting from an improvement in its volumes and favorable currency rates. However, increased promotional spending to drive volumes is leading to lower net price realizations and, in turn, lower organic sales.
Shares of household and personal care product manufacturers Procter & Gamble (PG), Clorox (CLX), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) are underperforming the broader markets. Despite the fact that these companies have reported improvements in their volumes and earnings growth rates, investors don’t seem interested in giving them the benefit of the doubt.
The dividend yields of CPG (consumer packaged goods) manufacturers are inching up. For instance, Procter & Gamble (PG) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB) have current dividend yields of close to 4% based on their closing prices on May 15.
Over the past 10 years Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) has returned an average of 4.00% per year from dividend payouts. The company is currently worth US$35.58B, and now yields roughly 3.93%.Read More...
The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Goods sector is rising.
Clorox (CLX) continues to disappoint investors with its sluggish margin performance. The trend is likely to continue in the near term. Branded consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the United States are grappling with increased costs related to raw materials and packaging. Higher transportation costs, exacerbated by carrier supply restraints and driver shortages, are further pressuring profitability.
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) announced its fiscal 1Q18 results on April 25. The company’s revenue increased 7.4% to $1.14 billion and surpassed the consensus estimates by 0.1%. Chipotle Mexican Grill reported an EPS (earnings per share) of $2.13—compared to $1.60 in 1Q17. The company’s earnings exceeded the consensus estimate of $1.57 per share. The stock rose 28.7% last week.
Numerous analysts covering Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock decreased their target prices after the company’s 1Q18 results. Jefferies dropped its price target to $67 per share from $77, Wells Fargo reduced it to $68 from $73, and Berenberg lowered its target price to $67 from $69. The graph below shows the decline in analysts’ target prices for Colgate-Palmolive stock.
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) reported net sales of $4.0 billion, a shade lower than what analysts had expected but marking a 6.5% improvement YoY (year-over-year). Colgate-Palmolive’s top line benefited from currency rates boosting its sales growth rate by 4.5%. Volumes grew 2.0%, reflecting a 0.5% contribution from professional skin care acquisitions.
Colgate-Palmolive’s (CL) earnings finally came ahead of analysts’ expectation, after just meeting estimates in the past three quarters. Colgate-Palmolive’s 1Q18 adjusted EPS (earnings per share) of $0.74 exceeded analysts’ estimate of $0.72 and marked a 10.4% rise YoY (year-over-year).
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Analysts expect Clorox (CLX) to report sales of $1.5 billion in fiscal 3Q18, which reflects a YoY (year-over-year) increase of 2.2%. Clorox’s top line is projected to benefit from higher volumes. However, adverse mix and its divestiture of the Aplicare business could subdue its top line.
The profitability of consumer packaged goods manufacturers is taking a hit from the inflation in raw material prices. Alongside lower pricing, packaging and transportation costs pose additional challenges. Two of the industry leaders—Procter & Gamble (PG) and Kimberly-Clark (KMB)—reported YoY (year-over-year) improvement in their earnings. However, margin headwinds and price competition remained a drag on their growth.
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Consumer staple company stocks took a dive yesterday, inciting some analysts to draw parallels between this year’s market sell-off and that of the financial crisis that shook the global economy just 10 years ago. Consumer staples, supposed safe haven stocks in turbulent markets, declined by 4% last week, making it the third such decline in the past two months. Cappelleri illustrates the weakness in the sector by pointing to the Consumer Staples ETF ( XLP), which includes stocks like Procter & Gamble Co. ( PG), PepsiCo Inc. ( PEP), Colgate-Palmolive Co. ( CL), Philip Morris International Inc. ( PM), Kimberly-Clark Corp. ( KMB), and Mondelez International Inc. ( MDLZ), all of which have fallen more than the S&P 500 since the broader market sell-off first began near the end of January.
Investors once attracted to the steady payouts of companies selling staples like breakfast cereal, toothpaste and razors are shopping elsewhere. A series of disappointing earnings reports from industry giants such as Philip Morris International Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. have sent consumer-goods shares tumbling in recent days—a sign that many investors remain skeptical of the companies’ ability to cope with rising costs, as well as to fend off online competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. The sector’s underperformance comes as a surprise to analysts who had expected signs of a pickup in inflation to drive investors into shares of businesses that sell household goods and basic necessities, products that consumers would typically be willing to buy even when rising prices crimp their spending elsewhere.
Consumer-staples stocks have fallen 12% this year as investors once attracted to the steady payouts of companies selling goods like breakfast cereal, toothpaste and razors shop elsewhere.
Kimberly-Clark (KMB) reported an improved sales and earnings performance in 1Q18. The company surpassed analysts’ expectations both on the sales and EPS fronts. However, continued pressure on margins, promotional spending to drive volumes, and lower pricing remained a drag and continued to hurt its margins. The company’s gross margin fell significantly in 1Q18, which prompted a couple of analysts to lower the target price on Kimberly-Clark stock. Jefferies lowered its price target to $102 per share from $110. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo reduced its target price on KMB stock to $92 from $100.