Clorox Co (CLX) COO Dawn C. Willoughby Sells 25,950 Shares of Stock

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Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX) COO Dawn C. Willoughby sold 25,950 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $164.59, for a total transaction of $4,271,110.50. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 32,409 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,334,197.31. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Clorox stock traded down $1.29 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $162.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 808,824 shares, compared to its average volume of 855,589. Clorox Co has a 12-month low of $113.57 and a 12-month high of $167.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.95, a P/E/G ratio of 4.02 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a current ratio of 1.07, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.38.

Clorox (NYSE:CLX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The company reported $1.62 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.59 by $0.03. Clorox had a net margin of 13.59% and a return on equity of 102.65%. The business had revenue of $1.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.53 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.46 EPS. Clorox’s revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Clorox Co will post 6.31 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 8th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 23rd will be paid a $0.96 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 22nd. This represents a $3.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.36%. Clorox’s dividend payout ratio is 61.34%.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CLX. Morgan Stanley grew its stake in Clorox by 178.2% in the 3rd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 3,063,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $460,828,000 after buying an additional 1,962,433 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its stake in Clorox by 437,400.0% in the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,750,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $236,688,000 after buying an additional 1,749,600 shares in the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group grew its stake in Clorox by 57.0% in the 2nd quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 1,506,358 shares of the company’s stock valued at $201,641,000 after buying an additional 547,070 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC grew its stake in Clorox by 201.0% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 472,179 shares of the company’s stock valued at $63,863,000 after buying an additional 315,298 shares in the last quarter. Finally, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale grew its stake in Clorox by 110.5% in the 3rd quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 427,013 shares of the company’s stock valued at $61,991,000 after buying an additional 224,143 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.96% of the company’s stock.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on CLX. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Clorox from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 3rd. Bank of America restated a “neutral” rating and set a $170.00 price target (up previously from $150.00) on shares of Clorox in a research note on Thursday. Citigroup raised their price target on shares of Clorox from $153.00 to $169.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 20th. Barclays set a $138.00 price target on shares of Clorox and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Clorox from $153.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $144.93.

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Clorox Company Profile

The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle, and International. The company offers laundry additives, including bleach products under the Clorox brand, as well as Clorox 2 stain fighter and color booster; home care products primarily under the Clorox, Formula 409, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, S.O.S, and Tilex brands; naturally derived products under the Green Works brand; and professional cleaning, disinfecting, and food service products under the Clorox, Dispatch, HealthLink, Clorox Healthcare, Hidden Valley, KC Masterpiece, and Soy Vay brands.

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