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Why Analysts Remain Neutral on PG, KMB, CL, and CLX Stock

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Category slowdown and margins pressure

The majority of analysts providing recommendations on consumer product companies in the United States (SPY) continue to maintain a “neutral” outlook. A soft industry trend, a tough retail landscape, and pressure on margins from inflation in commodity prices are likely to affect the financials of these companies and keep analysts on the sidelines.

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Ratings and price target summary

Analysts providing ratings for Procter & Gamble (PG) stock are maintaining a consensus rating of 2.4 on a scale of 1.0 (“strong buy”) to 5.0 (“strong sell”). Of the 23 analysts covering the stock, 48% recommend a “hold,” 43% recommend a “buy,” and 9% recommend a “sell.” Analysts suggest a target price of $92.15 per share, which implies an upside of 4.2% to its closing price of $88.45 on November 24, 2017.

As for Kimberly-Clark (KMB), analysts are maintaining a consensus score of 2.9. About 80% of the 15 analysts covering the stock provided a “hold” recommendation, 13% maintained a “buy,” and 7% gave it a “sell” rating. KMB stock closed at $116.48 on November 24, 2017, reflecting a potential upside of 3.6% to analysts’ price target of $120.71 per share.

About 78% of the analysts gave a “hold” rating to Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock, and 22% recommended a “buy.” Analysts have a rating of 2.7 on CL stock. The stock offers an upside of 5.1% to analysts’ target price of $75.70.

The majority of analysts (75% of 16 analysts) covering Clorox (CLX) stock suggest a “hold” rating. About 19% of them recommend a “buy,” and 6% rate it a “sell.” Analysts have a rating of 2.8 on CLX stock and a target price of $134 per share, which is 1% below the company’s closing price of $135.39 on November 24, 2017.

For a detailed analysis of the recommendations for Church & Dwight (CHD) stock, read the previous part of this series.

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