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The Coca-Cola Company: Is KO Stock Worth Buying?

The trading price of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) floating lower at last check on Wednesday, June 22, closing at $60.67, -0.06% lower than its previous close.

Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it has been fluctuating between $59.01 and $60.88. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 25.60, while its 5Y monthly beta was 0.59. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $67.20 and a 52-week low of $52.28. Over the past month, the stock has gained 1.17% in value.

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The Coca-Cola Company, whose market valuation is $261.54 billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Jul 19, 2022 – Jul 25, 2022. The dividend yield on the company stock is 2.90%, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 1.76. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $0.67 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $2.47 for 2022 and $2.65 for 2023. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 6.50% this year and 7.30% next year.

Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $10.56 billion for the current quarter, with the likely lows of $9.17 billion and highs of $11.1 billion. The average estimate suggests sales will likely up by 13.30% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2022 is $41.86 billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by 8.30% over what it did in 2022.

A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of The Coca-Cola Company No upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest KO has a 50% Sell on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 50% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently Hold.

Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned KO a recommendation rating is 27. Out of them, 7 rate it a Hold, while 14 recommend Buy, whereas 5 assign an Overweight rating. 1 analyst(s) have tagged The Coca-Cola Company (KO) as Underweight, while 0 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 3.89, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that KO’s price is currently -2.53% off the SMA20 and -4.58% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 42.79, and weekly volatility stands at 2.73%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 2.19%. The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO)’s beta value is currently sitting at 0.59, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 1.53. With analysts defining $64.00-$76.00 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $70.52 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about -5.49% off the estimated low and -25.27% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if KO’s share price rises to $70.00, which is the median consensus price. At that level, KO’s share price would be -15.38% below current price.

To see how The Coca-Cola Company stock has been performing today in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: KO stock’s performance was -0.06% at last check in today’s session, and 11.66% in the past year, while PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) has been trading 0.27% in recent session and positioned 9.65% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) saw its stock trading 0.22% higher in today’s session but was down -34.25% in a year. Furthermore, Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) showed an increase of 0.62% today while its price kept declining at -4.53% over the past year. The Coca-Cola Company has a P/E ratio of 25.60, compared to PepsiCo Inc.’s 21.57 and Starbucks Corporation’s 19.53. Also during today’s trading, the S&P 500 Index has surged 0.54%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session, up 0.30% today.

An evaluation of the daily trading volume of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) indicates that the 3-month average is 18.17 million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 19.13 million.

Currently, records show that 4.33 billion of the company’s shares remain outstanding. The insiders hold 0.10% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 70.80%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of May 30, 2022, stood at 33.75 million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 1.54 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 0.78% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in May were up slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 32.37 million. However, since the stock’s price has seen 2.52% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.

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