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Monksdream Monksdream 6 days ago
KMB new 52 week high
Monksdream Monksdream 1 week ago
KMB 10Q due JULY23
12Jokera 12Jokera 3 years ago
Wouldn't it be so funny if Scott is gods real name like mine and they found it out with time travel robots and wipe there butts with my name. Tisk tisk
BottomBounce BottomBounce 4 years ago
TFMG TFMG 4 years ago

$KMB | #KimberleyClark On Breakout Watch


ITMS ITMS 5 years ago
Kimberly Clark $KMB Reverses After Last Week's Earnings Pop

Today, leading consumer goods company, Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB), is reversing sharply lower on the session. The stock is trading lower by $4.23 to $126.02 a share. This past Thursday, the stock soared to new 52-week highs after reporting earnings on April 22, 2019. On that day the stock traded as high as $132.47 a share. Traders must always be cautious when stocks reverse so much of there recent gains from a break-out. Often a reversal of this magnitude could signal much more downside in the near term. Please understand, while the stock is still in an up-trend and trading above its 20 and 50-day moving averages this reversal usually signals further downside in the shares. There are several support levels coming up such as the gap fill from the April 18, 2019 close, the 50-day moving average, and the $118.00 break-out level. Out of all of these near term support Levels the $118.00 area looks the best for a solid bounce in the stock.

Nicholas Santiago
ITMS ITMS 7 years ago
Consumer Staples Get Whacked, But Trade Levels Are Near

This morning, the leading consumer staples stocks are selling off sharply. Stocks such as Kimberly Clark Corp(NYSE:KMB), Procter & Gamble Co(NYSE:PG), Clorox Co(NYSE:CLX), and Colgate-Palmolive Company(NYSE:CL) remain under pressure since the opening bell. It should be noted that all of these stocks have struggled since late June. Many of these stocks are now nearing important support levels for a trade.

Kimberly Clark Corp(NYSE:KMB) is a leading consumer staple stock that is trading lower today. The stock has been selling off since June 26, 2017 when it traded as high as $134.29 a share. Since that pivot high the stock has plunged to $116.63 a share. Traders and investors should now watch the $115.00 level for major support. This is where the stock broke out in January 2017. Often, when a stock retests a break-out level it will serve as major support and be defended by the institutional money.

Nicholas Santiago
Kalix Kalix 7 years ago
KMB and the Sofusa! Grate potential of market sales of 2 billion from now?to 2025 only in US?
Look at the and look here on this for the "sale dreams"

If this happend its a good thing for KMB.
I dont know how its works whith the FDA and im not shore of anything if this going to pass The FDA. But they have a pilot production line which going under GMP test right now!
But if its going right this schould be the biggest trademark in The KMB company.
Im from Sweden and my englich suck sorry for that!
I wanted to inform aboat this becourse im a share holder (little shit) in a swedich nanoimprint company whos involved in this. Its a very big thing for this company so me and my "Stockfriends" have followed this projekt whith interesst sens 2011.
You can find the company stock here on the site. But im not soure if i can post it? The value of Obducat is 9 miljon dollar and they do the nanotopografi on thid micro needles.
But be careful, we dont earning the nessesery money to the company.
This is a god tip, ill think!
Thank you! //KALIX
ValueInvestor15 ValueInvestor15 7 years ago
Fundamentals imply Kimberly-Clark Corp $KMB is 14% undervalued w/ earnings expected Tuesday:

Fair Value Analysis
captbly captbly 8 years ago
It's really steady. Only green one I have
Pure_Greatness Pure_Greatness 10 years ago
Eagan Avenatti, LLP Announces $500 Million Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Kimberly-Clark Over Concerns
Today : Thursday 30 October 2014

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Eagan Avenatti, LLP, a Southern California-based law firm, filed a class action lawsuit yesterday in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, alleging that Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB), a global healthcare company, has committed fraud in the marketing and selling of certain of their protective medical gowns. In particular, the suit states that the company has falsely represented to the FDA, health care workers and the general public that the company’s “MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gowns” (the “Surgical Gowns”) are impermeable and provide protection against Ebola despite the fact that the company has known since 2013 that these gowns failed industry tests and do not meet relevant standards, thus placing healthcare professionals and patients at considerable risk for infection and serious bodily harm.

“These are extremely serious allegations and ones that we do not make lightly,” said lead attorney Michael Avenatti of Eagan Avenatti, LLP, the law firm representing the Plaintiffs. “Kimberly-Clark needs to immediately recall these gowns and come clean with the FDA, CDC, healthcare professionals and the general public. The risks associated with continued concealment of the truth are far too great.”

According to the Complaint, Kimberly-Clark has knowingly misled the medical community, regulators and the general public about the safety of the Surgical Gowns and even after learning of multiple test failures, failed to alert the FDA, healthcare professionals and patients. As stated in the Complaint, tests of numerous random samples from separate manufacturing lots showed that the gowns failed to meet the AAMI Level 4 standards, with many of the gowns experiencing catastrophic failures that allowed liquid, bacterial and viral pathogens to penetrate the gowns. Instead of recalling the gowns and disclosing the truth, the company concealed what it knew and continued promoting, marketing and selling the gowns by stating they were impermeable, even going so far as to recommend that the gowns be used when treating patients with serious infectious diseases, including Ebola.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $500 million and is brought on behalf of lead Plaintiff and well respected surgeon Hrayr Shahinian, M.D., F.A.C.S., together with approximately 500,000 others similarly situated. Dr. Shahinian is an experienced skull base surgeon in California and is internationally recognized as one of the first surgeons in the world to use and pioneer endoscopic skull base surgery. He received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Innovation Award in 2008, 2011 and 2012 for his work in the field of medical technology.

“Kimberly-Clark’s actions of concealing the truth about their Surgical Gowns and continuing to market them as impermeable is unconscionable,” said Dr. Shahinian. “This conduct has placed physicians, healthcare workers and patients at risk of being unknowingly exposed to harmful bacteria, viruses and illness, including Ebola. This is a very serious matter and deserves the immediate attention of regulators and the medical community.”

About Eagan Avenatti, LLP

Michael J. Avenatti, Esq. is a founding partner of Eagan Avenatti, LLP, a firm of trial attorneys that specialize in litigating a variety of complex civil litigation in courts throughout the United States. With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco, Eagan Avenatti, LLP and its attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for plaintiffs nationwide.

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ECole ECole 11 years ago
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RickKayne RickKayne 11 years ago
These are the types of holdings that should be in a well managed portfolio.
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
nicedividend stock

or deep pockets could flip this all day long

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Penny Roger$ Penny Roger$ 12 years ago
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Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
KMB is actually a nice stock to day trade if U have big money
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
everythings good with KMB..........solid stock
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
Support at 72.00 50 MA
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
70.00 to 74.00 Looks like this could be played safely. jmo
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
Chart has nice little trading channel
Lockman Lockman 12 years ago
CHA$E CHA$E 13 years ago
Kimberly-Clark Announces Price Increases for North American Consumer Products Businesses

Yep...this is where IT ALL starts....

....and these prices will not come back down ?

DewDiligence DewDiligence 14 years ago
KMB Lowers 2010 Guidance on Weak 3Q10 Results

[In 3Q10, “organic sales growth,” defined as the year-over-year change in sales excluding exchange rates, acquisitions, and divestitures, was 1% (consisting of 1% from volume, and zero from pricing and mix); this was below the prior guidance, causing KMB to lower the organic-sales guidance for the full year to 2% from the prior guidance of 2-4%. The new EPS guidance for the year is $.460-4.70 (reduced from $4.80-5.00).

Among the problems in the quarter were higher marketing expenses to retain market share, lower sales of masks for H1N1 (which peaked in 2H09), and higher pulp prices, the latter being the most consequential factor.]

›By Lauren Coleman-Lochner - Oct 26, 2010

Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Huggies diapers and Viva paper towels, posted a 19 percent drop in third-quarter profit and lowered its full-year earnings forecast on higher materials costs and lower demand from other businesses.

The stock fell the most in almost two years. Net income declined to $469 million, or $1.14 a share, from $582 million, or $1.40, a year earlier, the Dallas-based company said in a statement. Twelve analysts surveyed by Bloomberg estimated average profit of $1.28 a share.

Profit was trimmed by lower demand in the professional services unit, which sells brands such as Kleenex and Scott toilet paper to workplaces, currency devaluation in Venezuela and rising materials costs. Chief Executive Officer Tom Falk has cut costs, eliminating about 3 percent of the company’s jobs last year, and expanded health-care and professional revenue to lessen reliance on raw materials such as wood pulp.

“The challenging business environment weighed on our bottom-line results more than we previously expected, with relatively soft market demand, cost inflation and slightly higher competitive spending,” Falk said in the statement.

Kimberly-Clark expects pulp prices to remain about the same next year, Falk said during the company’s earnings call today. The inflation in the previous quarter was the highest ever, the company said.

Sales advanced 1.3 percent to $4.98 billion in the third quarter. Analysts predicted sales of $4.99 billion on average.

The company lowered its full-year [2020] profit forecast to as little as $4.60 a share [actually a range of $4.60-4.70], from a previous minimum of $4.80 [a range of $4.80-5.00]. The company earned $4.52 last year. Kimberly-Clark said earlier this year it expected commodity costs to rise in 2010.‹
DewDiligence DewDiligence 14 years ago
KMB Increases Output of Hygiene Products

›Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 9:51am CDT
San Antonio Business Journal

Kimberly-Clark Professional has expanded the production capability at its San Antonio skin care plant in order to produce more Kleenex branded hand sanitizers, foam, lotions and surface disinfecting products.

The company invested in upgrades in the San Antonio plant’s equipment and manufacturing processes to keep pace with the growing global demand for hand hygiene products. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. Kimberly-Clark also did not release production numbers.

“As people have become more aware of the important role that hand hygiene products play in preventing the spread of infections, such as H1N1 and other strains of influenza, we have responded by accelerating our investments in our San Antonio facility,” says Josh Renihan, North American skin care business leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional. “Global demand for our skin care products is expected to increase in the coming years. We are making these investments to meet customer needs today as well as tomorrow.”

The Kimberly-Clark Professional Skin Care Facility was built in San Antonio in 1977 and currently employs 130 people. The facility produces skin care products for commercial, institutional and industrial use.

Roswell, Ga.-based Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of four business segments within Kimberly-Clark Corp., a global consumer products company that sells merchandise in more than 150 countries. Some of the parent company’s top brands include Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend.‹
DewDiligence DewDiligence 14 years ago
KMB Reports 2Q10 Results

›July 23, 2010, 7:30 am EDT

• 2Q Net Sales Increased Approximately 3 Percent to $4.9 Billion

• EPS of $1.20 Up 24 Percent Compared With EPS of $0.97 in 2Q '09

• Marketing Spending Up Significantly to Support Product Launches and Targeted Growth Initiatives

• All-Time Record Ongoing Cost Savings of $105 Million

• Full-Year Share Repurchase Target Increased By $200 Million

• Company Reconfirms Previous Guidance for 2010 Adjusted EPS of $4.80 to $5.00

DALLAS, July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) today reported that net sales in the second quarter of 2010 increased 2.8 percent to $4.9 billion. Organic sales rose 2 percent, driven by higher net selling prices of 2 percent, while sales volumes and product mix were even with year-ago levels. The combined impact of the I-Flow Corporation and Jackson Safety acquisitions completed in 2009 added an additional point of sales growth, while changes in foreign currency rates had no overall impact on sales in the quarter. The growth in organic sales was highlighted by a 6 percent gain for K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Diluted net income per share for the quarter was $1.20 compared with $0.97 in 2009. Bottom-line growth was favorably impacted by the higher net sales and improved profitability, as gross margin advanced 50 basis points and operating margin increased 170 basis points. The margin comparisons benefited from increased net selling prices, significant cost reductions, lower pension expense and severance charges incurred in 2009. On the other hand, the company absorbed input cost inflation of $235 million and increased strategic marketing spending by more than $40 million in the quarter to support product innovation and targeted growth initiatives.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk said, "We delivered solid results in the second quarter despite a continued challenging environment. Organic sales rose 2 percent, and we delivered strong improvements in operating margin and earnings per share despite significantly higher commodity costs. Moreover, our ongoing cost savings momentum continues to enhance profitability and help fund our growth plans. In addition, several of the innovations we've launched this year performed well in the second quarter, and we supported our brands with a considerable increase in strategic marketing spending. Our targeted growth initiatives, particularly in our K-C International business and in higher-margin portions of Health Care and K-C Professional, continued to progress well. Finally, we continued to deploy cash flow in shareholder-friendly ways, repurchasing $350 million of KMB stock in the second quarter and paying an attractive dividend. All-in-all, we made progress in a number of areas in the second quarter, and through six months we're generally on track with our full-year plan, despite a difficult external environment."

Review of second quarter sales by business segment

Sales of personal care products increased 2.8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009. Sales volumes rose more than 2 percent and net selling prices advanced 1 percent, while changes in currency rates reduced sales by approximately 1 percent.

Personal care sales in North America increased 7 percent versus the second quarter of 2009. Sales volumes were up 3 percent and net selling prices rose 2 percent, driven by a lower level of promotional activity for Huggies diapers. In addition, changes in product mix and currency exchange rates each added 1 point of growth. Feminine care sales volumes grew at a double-digit rate for the second consecutive quarter as a result of the U by Kotex line extension. Adult care volumes also increased double-digits, with benefits from recent innovation on the Poise and Depend brands and supporting marketing campaigns. In other areas of the business, sales volumes for the company's child care brands advanced 2 percent, while volumes for Huggies baby wipes were off 2 percent and volumes for Huggies diapers were down slightly.

In Europe, personal care sales fell 5 percent in the quarter, including a negative currency effect of 2 percent. Changes in net selling prices and product mix each reduced sales by 1 percent. In addition, overall sales volumes were down 1 percent compared to a double-digit increase in the year-ago period.

In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, personal care sales increased 3 percent despite an unfavorable currency impact of 3 percent. Sales volumes were up 5 percent, with strong growth in a number of markets, including Australia, China and most of Latin America. On the other hand, volumes fell significantly in Venezuela in a difficult foreign currency exchange environment. Overall net selling prices rose 1 percent, as increases in Venezuela were mostly offset by modest declines elsewhere.

Sales of consumer tissue products decreased 1.7 percent in the second quarter. Sales volumes were down 5 percent, while the company's revenue realization strategies led to increased net selling prices of 2 percent and improved product mix of 1 percent.

In North America, sales of consumer tissue products decreased 5 percent compared to the year-ago period. Net selling prices improved 2 percent, primarily due to sheet count reductions on Cottonelle bathroom tissue, and changes in product mix benefited sales 2 percent. Sales volumes fell 9 percent in the quarter and were impacted by the sheet count reductions, consumer trade-down in paper towels and competitive promotional activity. By product category, bathroom tissue volumes decreased high-single digits, towel volumes declined at a double-digit rate and Kleenex facial tissue volumes were down slightly.

In Europe, consumer tissue sales declined about 5 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009, including unfavorable currency effects of 2 percent. Sales volumes were off 2 percent in a continued difficult environment, while changes in product mix reduced sales 1 percent.

In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, consumer tissue sales increased 6 percent, including a 1 percent benefit from currency effects. The growth in organic sales was due to higher net selling prices, while sales volumes and product mix were essentially even with the prior year.

Sales of K-C Professional (KCP) & other products increased 8.8 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009. The acquisition of Jackson Safety added 4 points of sales growth in the quarter. In addition, net selling prices increased more than 4 percent and product mix was slightly positive, reflecting the company's continued focus on increasing net realized revenue. Organic sales volumes were even with year-ago levels.

In North America, KCP sales increased 11 percent, including an approximate 7 percent benefit from Jackson Safety. Net selling prices rose 4 percent and changes in currency rates added 1 point of sales growth, while organic sales volumes were down about 1 percent. Washroom product volumes declined in a continued difficult economic environment, while high-margin wiper and safety product volumes grew at a solid rate. In Europe, KCP's sales rose 6 percent despite an unfavorable currency effect of 3 percent. Sales volumes increased about 10 percent compared to a double-digit decline in the year-ago period and favorable product mix benefited sales by 1 percent, while net selling prices were down 2 percent.

In K-C's international operations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, KCP's sales increased 19 percent, including a 1 percent benefit from currency effects. The combined impact of higher net selling prices and improved product mix increased sales by 13 percent, and sales volumes were up 5 percent, with particular strength in Asia.

Sales of health care products increased 2.7 percent in the second quarter. Growth was driven by an 11 percent benefit from the acquisition of I-Flow Corporation and a 1 point increase from favorable currency exchange rates. On the other hand, organic sales volumes declined 6 percent and net selling prices fell 3 percent. The organic volume comparison was adversely affected by approximately 5 points due to increased demand in 2009 for face masks as a result of the H1N1 flu virus. In addition, volume performance in 2010 was impacted by unanticipated distributor and end-user inventory reductions. The company believes that most of these reductions are now complete. Meanwhile, organic sales volumes for medical devices rose 9 percent in the quarter.

Other second quarter operating results

Operating profit was $711 million in the second quarter of 2010, up 17 percent from $609 million in 2009. In addition to the effect of higher net sales, there were a number of other significant factors affecting year-over-year operating profit comparisons. Cost savings in the quarter from the company's FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program was an all-time record and totaled approximately $105 million. Operating profit comparisons were aided by the previously mentioned $110 million severance charge in the year-ago period to streamline the company's organization structure, along with benefits of about $35 million in the current quarter from the initiative. A breakdown of the severance charge by income statement line and business segment is included later in this news release. Pension expense fell by about $40 million, as expected, with a majority of the decrease reflected in cost of sales. In addition, increased manufacturing volumes as a result of production curtailment in the year-ago period benefited second quarter operating profit comparisons by approximately $35 million. Meanwhile, inflation in key cost inputs amounted to about $235 million overall versus 2009, including $145 million in higher fiber costs, $90 million for raw materials other than fiber, primarily polymer resin and other oil-based materials, and $5 million in distribution costs, partially offset by $5 million of lower energy costs. Overall marketing, research and general expenses were similar to year-ago levels, as increases in 2010, including the previously mentioned rise in strategic marketing and I-Flow expenses, were essentially offset by severance charges in 2009.

Meanwhile, other (income) and expense, net was $4 million of expense in the second quarter of 2010. That compares to $41 million of expense in the second quarter of 2009, which included about $20 million of currency transaction losses and a $16 million non-cash charge related to one of the company's financing entities.

The company's effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2010 was 27.5 percent compared to 29.0 percent in the prior year. The lower tax rate increased second quarter earnings by about 2 cents per share compared to the year-ago period.

Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the second quarter increased to $47 million from $44 million in 2009, mainly as a result of higher net income at Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. (KCM). KCM achieved high-single digit organic sales growth, improved gross margin and delivered a high-single digit increase in net income.

Cash flow and balance sheet

Cash provided by operations in the second quarter of 2010 totaled $587 million compared to $997 million in the prior year, which was a record second quarter result. The decrease was driven by a slight increase in working capital compared to a significant decline in the prior year, partially offset by a lower level of pension plan contributions. The company continues to aggressively manage its primary working capital position (accounts receivable + inventories – accounts payable) and now expects to exceed its original 2010 plan of reducing average cash conversion cycle by 3 to 5 days compared to 2009. Second quarter contributions to the company's defined benefit pension plans totaled about $50 million in 2010 versus $405 million in 2009. The company continues to target full-year 2010 pension contributions of approximately $240 million.

Capital spending for the quarter was $179 million compared with $185 million in 2009. The company now expects that full-year spending will be at the low end, or potentially slightly below, its target range of $1.0 to $1.1 billion. During the second quarter, the company repurchased approximately 5.7 million shares of its common stock at a cost of about $350 million, bringing repurchases for the first half of the year to approximately $500 million. Total debt and redeemable securities was $6.7 billion at June 30, 2010 compared with $6.5 billion at the end of 2009.

Year-to-date results

For the first six months of 2010, sales of $9.7 billion increased 5.1 percent, including a favorable currency benefit of 2 percent. Organic sales rose 2 percent, driven by higher net selling prices of 1 percent and increased sales volumes of approximately 1 percent, while the combined impact of the I-Flow Corporation and Jackson Safety acquisitions completed in 2009 added an additional point of sales growth. Year-to-date operating profit of $1,376 million was up 11 percent compared to $1,237 million in 2009. Adjusted operating profit in 2010 of $1,474 million increased 19 percent versus operating profit in the year-ago period. Through six months, diluted net income per share in 2010 was $2.11 and adjusted earnings per share were $2.34 compared with diluted net income per share of $1.95 in 2009. Adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share in 2010 exclude a one-time charge in the first quarter for the remeasurement of the local currency balance sheet in Venezuela as a result of the adoption of highly inflationary accounting in that country in January 2010. Additional detail on this item and further information about why the company uses these non-GAAP financial measures are provided later in this news release.

Adjusted operating profit comparisons benefited from organic sales growth, FORCE cost savings of $185 million, severance charges of $110 million in 2009 to streamline the organization, benefits of $70 million in 2010 from the streamlining initiative, lower pension expense of $80 million, and increased manufacturing volumes as a result of production curtailment in the year-ago period benefited comparisons by approximately $65 million. These positive factors were partially offset by inflation in key cost inputs of about $310 million and increased marketing, research and general expenses, including higher strategic marketing spending of about $100 million and increases related to the I-Flow acquisition and to support future growth in K-C International.


The company updated several key planning and guidance assumptions for 2010, as follows:

• Net sales increase of 3 to 5 percent versus previous guidance for an increase of 4 to 6 percent.

• Organic sales are expected to grow 2 to 4 percent compared to the previous assumption for growth of 3 to 4 percent. Given first half of year results and the current environment, the company anticipates that volumes will increase 1 to 2 percent versus the previous target of 2 to 3 percent. The combination of higher net selling prices and improved product mix should contribute 1 to 2 points of sales growth compared to the previous assumption of a 1 point benefit.

• Currency rates are expected to have no overall impact on 2010 sales versus the previous assumption for an increase between 0 and 1 percent.

• The combined impact of the 2009 acquisitions of I-Flow Corporation and Jackson Safety should benefit 2010 sales by 1 point. This is unchanged from the company's previous guidance.

• Inflation in key cost inputs of $700 to $800 million compared to the previous assumption of $600 to $700 million. This reflects estimated average market pricing for benchmark northern softwood pulp of approximately $930 to $950 per metric ton and oil prices averaging $75 to $80 per barrel for the year. The increased inflation assumption is primarily due to higher costs for virgin pulp, polymer resin and superabsorbent.

• Savings from the company's FORCE program totaling at least $300 million, up from the previous assumption of $200 to $250 million. The company continues to aggressively identify and implement incremental savings opportunities, particularly in sourcing and supply chain activities.

• Share repurchases are expected to total $700 to $800 million, subject to market conditions. That compares to the previous target of $500 to $600 million and reflects continued strong cash flow.

Commenting on the outlook, Falk said, "Despite the near-term headwinds we are facing, we remain committed to do what's right for the long-run success of our business and to deliver solid results in the short-term. We will continue to strengthen our brands, pursue our targeted growth initiatives and invest for future growth. We have already launched a number of innovations this year and will bring more to market in the back half of the year. We will support our brands and growth initiatives with strong marketing programs and continue to expect that strategic marketing spending will rise at a faster pace than sales in 2010. In addition, based on plans in place, we expect organic sales volumes in the back half of the year to pick up somewhat from second quarter levels.

"We are now planning for somewhat higher input cost inflation in 2010 than previously estimated, although we continue to expect that pulp costs will start to fall sequentially in the second half of the year. In the meantime, we continue to focus on increasing revenue realization in a competitive environment, generating incremental cost savings and controlling discretionary spending. We remain focused on cash generation and allocating it in shareholder-friendly ways, and our increased share repurchase plan for the year should provide a modest boost to earnings per share in 2010. All-in-all, these actions will help offset the additional headwinds we are facing.

"In summary, we are continuing to target adjusted earnings per share in 2010 in a range of $4.80 to $5.00 per share. And consistent with our previous guidance, with what we know now, it's more likely that adjusted EPS will be toward the low end of that range. We are firmly convinced that we are executing the right strategies to drive sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value."

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