Traders bought shares of Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) on weakness during trading hours on Wednesday. $107.04 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $46.37 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $60.67 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Coca-Cola had the 5th highest net in-flow for the day. Coca-Cola traded down ($0.16) for the day and closed at $45.27

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Vetr cut Coca-Cola from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $45.44 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, April 4th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Coca-Cola in a research note on Wednesday, April 13th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Coca-Cola in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Susquehanna reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $41.00 price target on shares of Coca-Cola in a research note on Thursday, March 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Coca-Cola from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Eleven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $47.58.

The company has a market capitalization of $195.85 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.25. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $44.85 and a 200 day moving average price of $44.34.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 20th. The company reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.01. The firm earned $10.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.28 billion. Coca-Cola’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.48 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Coca-Cola Co. will post $1.94 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 1st. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.09%.

In related news, EVP J Alexander Douglas, Jr. sold 80,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.95, for a total value of $3,756,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 261,293 shares in the company, valued at $12,267,706.35. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Larry M. Mark sold 28,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.52, for a total transaction of $1,246,560.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 52,465 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,335,741.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Court Place Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Court Place Advisors LLC now owns 24,531 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,054,000 after buying an additional 63 shares during the last quarter. Parthenon LLC increased its stake in Coca-Cola by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Parthenon LLC now owns 101,728 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,370,000 after buying an additional 326 shares during the last quarter. Legacy Capital Partners Inc. increased its stake in Coca-Cola by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Legacy Capital Partners Inc. now owns 94,560 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,063,000 after buying an additional 363 shares during the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA increased its stake in Coca-Cola by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 39,080 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,679,000 after buying an additional 404 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northstar Investment Advisors LLC increased its stake in Coca-Cola by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Northstar Investment Advisors LLC now owns 156,382 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,718,000 after buying an additional 432 shares during the last quarter.

The Coca-Cola Company is a beverage company. The Company owns or licenses and markets more than 500 nonalcoholic beverage brands, primarily sparkling beverages but also a range of still beverages, such as waters, enhanced waters, juices and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas and coffees, and energy and sports drinks.

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