KMB - Kimberly-Clark Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
132.16
-0.26 (-0.20%)
As of 12:03PM EST. Market open.
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Previous Close132.42
Open132.17
Bid132.16 x 1000
Ask132.21 x 1200
Day's Range131.93 - 133.43
52 Week Range106.59 - 143.50
Volume239,846
Avg. Volume1,660,081
Market Cap45.674B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.52
PE Ratio (TTM)22.67
EPS (TTM)5.83
Earnings DateJan 23, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield4.12 (3.11%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-09-05
1y Target Est138.50
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