Laurel Wealth Advisors Inc. Invests $314,000 in The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX)

Laurel Wealth Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 2,115 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $314,000.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in The Clorox by 63.2% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 417,347 shares of the company’s stock valued at $54,269,000 after purchasing an additional 161,555 shares during the last quarter. Vident Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new stake in The Clorox in the 3rd quarter valued at $1,477,000. Allianz Asset Management GmbH grew its holdings in The Clorox by 417.8% in the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 63,868 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,425,000 after buying an additional 51,534 shares in the last quarter. Jensen Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in The Clorox by 12.1% in the 4th quarter. Jensen Investment Management Inc. now owns 40,960 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,092,000 after buying an additional 4,435 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Spearhead Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in The Clorox in the 4th quarter valued at $2,846,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.71% of the company’s stock.

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A number of research firms have recently weighed in on CLX. Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Clorox from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $163.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets set a $147.00 target price on The Clorox and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on The Clorox from $140.00 to $133.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $148.00 price target on shares of The Clorox in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $130.00 price target on shares of The Clorox in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $136.19.

Shares of The Clorox stock traded down $1.74 during trading on Friday, reaching $128.51. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 950,370 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,007,540. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.35, a current ratio of 1.22 and a quick ratio of 0.86. The Clorox Company has a 12-month low of $123.64 and a 12-month high of $150.40. The company has a market cap of $16,629.71, a PE ratio of 24.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.67 and a beta of 0.35.

The Clorox (NYSE:CLX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.23 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.22 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $1.42 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.43 billion. The Clorox had a return on equity of 126.70% and a net margin of 13.21%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.14 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that The Clorox Company will post 5.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 11th. Investors of record on Wednesday, April 25th will be issued a dividend of $0.96 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, April 24th. This is a boost from The Clorox’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.84. This represents a $3.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.99%. The Clorox’s payout ratio is currently 62.80%.

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The Clorox 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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