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What Analysts Recommend for PG, CL, CLX, KMB, and CHD Stock

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Analysts stay on the sidelines

Most analysts recommend “hold” for consumer packaged goods stocks. Currency volatility, commodity and transportation cost inflation, higher tax, and competition are expected to limit the companies’ sales and earnings growth this year. However, higher pricing and cost savings are expected to support their top and bottom lines. Analysts’ target prices suggest that they believe most positives have been priced into these stocks.

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Rating and target price summary

Of the 24 analysts covering Procter & Gamble (PG) stock, 15 recommend “hold,” and nine recommend “buy.” Their average target price of $97.38 for PG is ~1% lower than its February 15 closing price of $98.48.

Of the 22 analysts covering Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock, 14 recommend “hold,” six recommend “buy,” and two recommend “sell.” Their target price of $63.83 implies a 3% downside based on its February 15 closing price of $66.48.

For Kimberly-Clark (KMB) stock, 13 analysts recommend “hold,” four recommend “sell,” and one recommends “buy.” Their average target price of $108.94 implies an ~8% downside based on its February 15 closing price of $118.44.

Of the 21 analysts covering Church & Dwight (CHD) stock, 13 recommend “hold,” six recommend “buy,” and two recommend “sell.” Their average target price $64.47 is roughly on par with its February 15 closing price.

Of the 17 analysts covering Clorox (CLX) stock, ten recommend “hold,” four recommend “buy,” and three recommend “buy.” Their average target price of $150.86 for CLX is ~3% lower than its February 15 closing price of $156.28.

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