Investors sold shares of Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) on strength during trading on Thursday. $64.49 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $105.20 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $40.71 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Coca-Cola had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Coca-Cola traded up $0.14 for the day and closed at $43.75

Several research analysts have commented on KO shares. Susquehanna reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $41.00 price objective on shares of Coca-Cola in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Vetr raised shares of Coca-Cola from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.67 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Jefferies Group set a $48.00 target price on shares of Coca-Cola and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, April 15th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. boosted their target price on shares of Coca-Cola from $49.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $47.02.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $44.64 and its 200 day moving average price is $44.69. The stock has a market cap of $188.83 billion and a PE ratio of 25.17.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.58 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $11.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $11.69 billion. The business’s revenue was down 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.63 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Coca-Cola Co. will post $1.91 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 3rd. Investors of record on Thursday, September 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.20%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 13th.

In other news, EVP J Alexander Douglas, Jr. sold 572,748 shares of Coca-Cola stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total value of $25,916,847.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 291,675 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,198,293.75. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Brian John Smith sold 50,000 shares of Coca-Cola stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.32, for a total value of $2,216,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 70,947 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,144,371.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Legacy Capital Partners Inc. boosted its position in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Legacy Capital Partners Inc. now owns 94,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,063,000 after buying an additional 363 shares during the last quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. boosted its position in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. now owns 109,099 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,687,000 after buying an additional 397 shares during the last quarter. Northstar Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Northstar Investment Advisors LLC now owns 156,382 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,718,000 after buying an additional 432 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. boosted its position in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 74,524 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,201,000 after buying an additional 456 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Garcia Hamilton & Associates LP DE boosted its position in shares of Coca-Cola by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Garcia Hamilton & Associates LP DE now owns 120,408 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,173,000 after buying an additional 518 shares during the last quarter.

The Coca-Cola Company is a beverage company. The Company owns or licenses and markets over 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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