What Analysts Expect for KMB and CL Stock



Ratings and target prices

Most analysts recommend “hold” for Kimberly-Clark (KMB) and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) stock. Both companies’ top and bottom lines are expected to fall in the near term, reflecting currency fluctuation, increased input and logistics costs, and a higher effective tax rate. Competition could further pressure their sales and earnings.

Of the 18 analysts covering Kimberly-Clark stock, 13 recommend “hold,” four recommend “sell,” and one recommends “buy.” Their average target price of $109.13 for KMB implies a 10.6% downside based on its March 22 closing price of $122.05.

Meanwhile, of the 23 analysts covering CL stock, 14 recommend “hold,” six recommend “buy,” and three recommend “sell.” Their average target price of $64.60 for CL implies a 2.1% downside based on its March 22 closing price of $66.

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Peer comparison

Wall Street also has a neutral outlook on other major CPG stocks, reflecting low growth expectations, high valuation, and costs impacting profit margins. Most analysts recommend “hold” for Procter & Gamble (PG), Clorox (CLX), and Church & Dwight (CHD) stock.


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