Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL): From Top to Bottom

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 $63.73, down from yesterday’s close by -0.03%. 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 $55.79 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 6.38 % 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 $2.43 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to hold steady in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.79 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.48% 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 14.18% off that level. The stock is trading $65.62 its 50-day moving average by 1.89%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $61.28.

In recent action, Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) has made a move of +2.72% 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 14.11, 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 1.50% with $869.20 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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