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sells personal hygiene products, such as toothpaste and soap.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income rose 14% to $562 million, or $1.07 a share. Revenue fell 6% to $3.7 billion. Its gross margin rose from 59% to 61%, and its operating margin increased from 21% to 24%. A quick ratio of 0.8 indicates less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.5 reflects higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock

: Colgate-Palmolive has advanced 14% this year, beating the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

, but trailing the

S&P 500 Index

. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20, which is on par with the market, but a premium to household products peers. The shares offer a 2.3% dividend yield.

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