Clorox (CLX) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Jefferies Group

Jefferies Group reiterated their hold rating on shares of Clorox (NYSE:CLX) in a research note published on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has a $130.00 price objective on the stock.

CLX has been the topic of several other reports. Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on shares of Clorox in a report on Wednesday. They issued a hold rating and a $142.00 price objective on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a hold rating and set a $115.00 price target on shares of Clorox in a report on Sunday, October 8th. BMO Capital Markets reissued an outperform rating on shares of Clorox in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Wells Fargo & Company reissued a hold rating and set a $130.00 price target on shares of Clorox in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Consumer Edge raised shares of Clorox from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $129.05.

Shares of Clorox (NYSE:CLX) opened at $147.63 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $19,037.84, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.60, a PEG ratio of 4.02 and a beta of 0.43. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 1.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.02. Clorox has a twelve month low of $117.94 and a twelve month high of $148.23.

Clorox (NYSE:CLX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $1.46 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.41 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $1.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.48 billion. Clorox had a net margin of 11.84% and a return on equity of 161.59%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.36 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Clorox will post 5.6 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 9th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.84 per share. This represents a $3.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 23rd. Clorox’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 61.88%.

In other Clorox news, SVP Michael R. Costello sold 10,574 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $136.01, for a total transaction of $1,438,169.74. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 34,867 shares in the company, valued at $4,742,260.67. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Matthew T. Laszlo sold 20,051 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.46, for a total transaction of $2,615,853.46. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 10,896 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,421,492.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of CLX. Advisor Partners LLC raised its position in Clorox by 12.4% during the second quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 3,086 shares of the company’s stock worth $411,000 after acquiring an additional 341 shares during the period. Financial Advisory Service Inc. raised its position in Clorox by 0.3% during the second quarter. Financial Advisory Service Inc. now owns 4,012 shares of the company’s stock worth $535,000 after acquiring an additional 12 shares during the period. Trexquant Investment LP raised its position in Clorox by 33.3% during the second quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 3,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $426,000 after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the period. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board raised its position in Clorox by 386.1% during the second quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 78,795 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,499,000 after acquiring an additional 62,585 shares during the period. Finally, Carnick & Kubik Group LLC raised its position in Clorox by 13.2% during the second quarter. Carnick & Kubik Group LLC now owns 9,789 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,304,000 after acquiring an additional 1,143 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 73.42% of the company’s stock.

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Clorox Company Profile

The Clorox Company is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. The Company sells its products primarily through mass retail outlets, e-commerce channels, wholesale distributors and medical supply distributors. The Company operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle and International.

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