Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) – KeyCorp lifted their Q3 2018 earnings estimates for Clorox in a research report issued to clients and investors on Sunday, Zacks Investment Research reports. KeyCorp analyst J. Gere now expects that the company will earn $1.29 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $1.24. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Clorox’s FY2018 earnings at $6.17 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $6.60 EPS.
Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on CLX. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Clorox from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on shares of Clorox from $138.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Consumer Edge raised shares of Clorox from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $132.00 price target on shares of Clorox in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Argus downgraded shares of Clorox from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their price target for the company from $150.40 to $127.81 in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Clorox presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $132.46.
Clorox (NYSE:CLX) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.22 by $0.01. Clorox had a net margin of 13.21% and a return on equity of 126.70%. The firm had revenue of $1.42 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.43 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis.
Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of CLX. Two Sigma Advisers LP grew its position in shares of Clorox by 331.4% during the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 815,434 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,288,000 after buying an additional 626,426 shares during the period. APG Asset Management N.V. grew its holdings in Clorox by 38.6% during the fourth quarter. APG Asset Management N.V. now owns 1,804,215 shares of the company’s stock valued at $223,483,000 after purchasing an additional 502,300 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its holdings in Clorox by 15.1% during the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 2,360,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $351,116,000 after purchasing an additional 310,000 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group grew its holdings in Clorox by 197.4% during the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 461,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $68,697,000 after purchasing an additional 306,557 shares during the period. Finally, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in Clorox by 196.0% during the fourth quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 430,313 shares of the company’s stock valued at $64,005,000 after purchasing an additional 284,937 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 73.42% of the company’s stock.
In other news, SVP Michael R. Costello sold 10,574 shares of Clorox stock in a transaction that occurred 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 sale, the senior vice president now owns 34,867 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,742,260.67. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders own 1.00% 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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