This consumer staples leader is a safe bet for nervous investors. Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) is a manufacturer of tissue, personal care, and health care products. Global brands include Huggies, Kotex, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Viva, Scott, Depend and Poise, as well as Andrex in the United Kingdom.
Last year, the company notified U.S. and Canadian customers about plans to increase net selling prices for most of its North American consumer products business. The percentage increase in prices were in the mid-to-high single digits. Almost all the price increases came into effect by the end of last June via changes in list prices. In addition, Kimberly-Clark’s baby and child care, adult care and Scott bathroom tissue businesses were affected by this move.
Investors in Kimberly-Clark stock receive a 3.83% dividend. Jefferies has set a $146 target price. The consensus target is $130.49, and the final trade for Monday was reported at $122.43.
This off-the-radar utility stock is another good choice for conservative investors looking for income and safety. Northwest Natural Holding Co. (NYSE: NWN), through subsidiary Northwest Natural Gas, provides regulated natural gas distribution services to residential, commercial, industrial and transportation customers in Oregon and southwest Washington.
The company also operates 5.7 billion cubic feet of the Mist gas storage facility contracted to other utilities and third-party marketers; offers natural gas asset management services; and operates an appliance retail center. In addition, it engages in gas storage, water, non-regulated renewable natural gas and other investments and activities.
The company provides natural gas service through approximately 786,000 meters and water services to approximately 80,000 people through approximately 33,000 water and wastewater connections in the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
Shareholders receive a 3.63% dividend. The Northwest Natural stock target price at Maxim is $74, while the consensus target is just $55.71. The closing share price on Monday was reported at $54.59.
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