Checking the Overall Picture for Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) is an interesting player in the Consumer Goods space, with a focus on Personal Products. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $69.62, down from yesterday’s close by -0.97%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) currently trades with a market capitalization of $61.31 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 4.60 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $2.5 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.73 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.47% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Colgate-Palmolive Company recorded a 52-week high of $77.91. It is now trading 8.29% off that level. The stock is trading $74.05 its 50-day moving average by 4.43%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $67.19.

In recent action, Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) has made a move of -9.21% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.35, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.27% with $875.05 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of CL.

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