Lowe Brockenbrough & Co. Inc. Acquires 208 Shares of Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL)

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Lowe Brockenbrough & Co. Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) by 0.5% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 41,057 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 208 shares during the period. Lowe Brockenbrough & Co. Inc.’s holdings in Colgate-Palmolive were worth $2,814,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. BB&T Corp increased its position in shares of Colgate-Palmolive by 1.2% during the first quarter. BB&T Corp now owns 274,086 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,786,000 after acquiring an additional 3,129 shares in the last quarter. Ffcm LLC boosted its holdings in Colgate-Palmolive by 5.6% during the fourth quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 63,206 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,762,000 after purchasing an additional 3,325 shares during the last quarter. Nachman Norwood & Parrott Inc boosted its holdings in Colgate-Palmolive by 1.9% during the first quarter. Nachman Norwood & Parrott Inc now owns 11,101 shares of the company’s stock worth $761,000 after purchasing an additional 209 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio boosted its holdings in Colgate-Palmolive by 1.9% during the first quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 415,958 shares of the company’s stock worth $28,509,000 after purchasing an additional 7,713 shares during the last quarter. Finally, River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP purchased a new position in Colgate-Palmolive during the fourth quarter worth about $7,765,000. 75.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

CL has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Colgate-Palmolive from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 7th. UBS Group boosted their price target on shares of Colgate-Palmolive from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Colgate-Palmolive from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 13th. Argus boosted their price target on shares of Colgate-Palmolive from $72.00 to $82.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 11th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Colgate-Palmolive from $62.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, April 29th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.13.

CL opened at $73.35 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 32.25, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 1.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $62.97 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.70, a P/E/G ratio of 4.80 and a beta of 0.79. Colgate-Palmolive has a twelve month low of $57.41 and a twelve month high of $74.14.

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) last released its earnings results on Friday, April 26th. The company reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $3.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.86 billion. Colgate-Palmolive had a net margin of 15.08% and a negative return on equity of 3,730.37%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.74 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Colgate-Palmolive will post 2.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Noel R. Wallace sold 84,351 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.89, for a total transaction of $6,063,993.39. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 279,023 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,058,963.47. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Justin Skala sold 92,643 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.78, for a total transaction of $6,557,271.54. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 163,653 shares in the company, valued at $11,583,359.34. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 338,711 shares of company stock worth $24,020,415. Corporate insiders own 1.14% of the company’s stock.

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About Colgate-Palmolive

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. It offers oral care products, including toothpastes, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes, as well as pharmaceutical products for dentists and other oral health professionals; and personal care products, such as liquid hand soaps, bar soaps, shower gels, deodorants and antiperspirants, skin care products, and shampoos and conditioners.

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