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



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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