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How to buy Colgate-Palmolive Company shares

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Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) is a leading household & personal products business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$81.73 after a previous close of US$81.33. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD80.81 to a high of USD82.05. The latest price was USD81.15 (25 minute delay). Colgate-Palmolive Company is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Colgate-Palmolive Company

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Colgate-Palmolive Company. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: CL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Colgate-Palmolive Company reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Colgate-Palmolive Company, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Colgate-Palmolive Company. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Colgate-Palmolive Company share price

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Colgate-Palmolive Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-21.
OpenUS$81.73
HighUS$82.05
LowUS$80.81
CloseUS$81.15
Previous closeUS$81.33
Change US$-0.18
Change % -0.2213%
Volume 3,434,315
Information last updated 2021-04-15.
52-week rangeUS$64.4383 - US$86.21
50-day moving average US$77.25
200-day moving average US$80.4353
Target priceUS$85.13
PE ratio 25.6162
Dividend yield US$1.75 (2.2%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$3.14

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Is it a good time to buy Colgate-Palmolive Company stock?

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Colgate-Palmolive Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $81.15

1 week (2021-04-12) 1.24%
1 month (2021-03-19) 8.23%
3 months (2021-01-22) 3.79%
6 months (2020-10-22) 2.35%
1 year (2020-04-22) 13.96%
2 years (2019-04-22) 16.59%
3 years (2018-04-20) 20.19%
5 years (2016-04-22) 17.51%

Is Colgate-Palmolive Company under- or over-valued?

Valuing Colgate-Palmolive Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Colgate-Palmolive Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's P/E ratio

Colgate-Palmolive Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Colgate-Palmolive Company shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's PEG ratio

Colgate-Palmolive Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.8906. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Colgate-Palmolive Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's EBITDA

Colgate-Palmolive Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$4.3 billion (£3.1 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Colgate-Palmolive Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Colgate-Palmolive Company financials

Revenue TTM US$16.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 23%
Gross profit TTM US$10 billion
Return on assets TTM 15.3%
Return on equity TTM 457.1%
Profit margin 16.36%
Book value 0.874
Market capitalisation US$68.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Colgate-Palmolive Company shares

There are currently 7.2 million Colgate-Palmolive Company shares held short by investors – that's known as Colgate-Palmolive Company's "short interest". This figure is 6.4% down from 7.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Colgate-Palmolive Company shares can be evaluated.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Colgate-Palmolive Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Colgate-Palmolive Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Colgate-Palmolive Company shares traded daily (recently around 5.5 million). Colgate-Palmolive Company's SIR currently stands at 1.3. In other words for every 100,000 Colgate-Palmolive Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1300 shares are currently held short.

However Colgate-Palmolive Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Colgate-Palmolive Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable Colgate-Palmolive Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Colgate-Palmolive Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Colgate-Palmolive Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.009% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Colgate-Palmolive Company shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Find out more about how you can short Colgate-Palmolive Company stock.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Colgate-Palmolive Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 29.12

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Colgate-Palmolive Company's overall score of 29.12 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Colgate-Palmolive Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Colgate-Palmolive Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.29/100

Colgate-Palmolive Company's environmental score of 10.29 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Colgate-Palmolive Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's social score

Social score: 13.87/100

Colgate-Palmolive Company's social score of 13.87 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Colgate-Palmolive Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's governance score

Governance score: 10.96/100

Colgate-Palmolive Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Colgate-Palmolive Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Colgate-Palmolive Company scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Colgate-Palmolive Company hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Colgate-Palmolive Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 29.12
Total ESG percentile 34.64
Environmental score 10.29
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 13.87
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 10.96
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 3

Colgate-Palmolive Company share dividends

58%

Dividend payout ratio: 58.03% of net profits

Recently Colgate-Palmolive Company has paid out, on average, around 58.03% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Colgate-Palmolive Company shareholders could enjoy a 2.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Colgate-Palmolive Company's case, that would currently equate to about $1.75 per share.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Colgate-Palmolive Company's most recent dividend payout was on 13 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 April 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Colgate-Palmolive Company's shares ever split?

Colgate-Palmolive Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 May 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Colgate-Palmolive Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Colgate-Palmolive Company shares which in turn could have impacted Colgate-Palmolive Company's share price.

Colgate-Palmolive Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Colgate-Palmolive Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$64.4383 up to US$86.21. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CL.US volatility(beta: 0.6)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Colgate-Palmolive Company's is 0.5996. This would suggest that Colgate-Palmolive Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Colgate-Palmolive Company overview

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells consumer products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The Oral, Personal and Home Care segment's products include toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, bar and liquid hand soaps, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants and antiperspirants, skin health products, dishwashing detergents, fabric conditioners, household cleaners, and other similar items. This segment markets and sells its products to various retailers, wholesalers, and distributors. The Pet Nutrition segment offers pet nutrition products for everyday nutritional needs; and a range of therapeutic products to manage disease conditions in dogs and cats. This segment markets and sells its products through pet supply retailers, veterinarians, and eCommerce retailers. Its principal global and regional trademarks include Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom's of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, Lady Speed Stick, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Murphy, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. Colgate-Palmolive Company was founded in 1806 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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