Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Colgate-Palmolive

(

CL

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Colgate-Palmolive as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $219.8 million.
  • CL traded 11,173 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:22 AM.
  • CL is down 2.5% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on CL:

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. It operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.2%. CL has a PE ratio of 28. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Recommends

The average volume for Colgate-Palmolive has been 3.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Colgate-Palmolive has a market cap of $62.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. The stock has a beta of 0.97 and a short float of 1.6% with 4.25 days to cover. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Colgate-Palmolive as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Household Products industry and the overall market, COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO is rather high; currently it is at 61.04%. Regardless of CL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CL's net profit margin of 14.11% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO's earnings per share declined by 6.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO reported lower earnings of $2.36 versus $2.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.83 versus $2.36).

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