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Coca-Cola (KO) Stock Moves -0.22%: What You Should Know


Coca-Cola (KO) closed at $49.58 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.22% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500′s 3.24% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 3.1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 3.8%.

Heading into today, shares of the world’s largest beverage maker had gained 3.52% over the past month, outpacing the Consumer Staples sector’s gain of 1.01% and the S&P 500′s gain of 2.73% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from KO as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 15, 2019. On that day, KO is projected to report earnings of $0.42 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 7.69%. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate is calling for revenue of $7.06 billion, down 6.07% from the prior-year quarter.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $2.08 per share and revenue of $31.86 billion, which would represent changes of +8.9% and -10.04%, respectively, from the prior year.

Any recent changes to analyst estimates for KO should also be noted by investors. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company’s business outlook.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. KO is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

In terms of valuation, KO is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 23.89. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 22.8, which means KO is trading at a premium to the group.

It is also worth noting that KO currently has a PEG ratio of 3.25. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock’s expected earnings growth rate. The Beverages – Soft drinks was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.15 at yesterday’s closing price.

The Beverages – Soft drinks industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 203, putting it in the bottom 21% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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