Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) was downgraded by stock analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Monday. They currently have a $46.50 price objective on the stock. Vetr‘s price target indicates a potential upside of 13.00% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Coca-Cola from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, September 12th. Independent Research GmbH set a $38.00 target price on shares of Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, August 1st. RBC Capital Markets set a $49.00 target price on shares of Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 13th. Credit Suisse Group AG initiated coverage on shares of Coca-Cola in a report on Thursday, September 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $44.00 target price on the stock. Finally, SunTrust Banks Inc. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Coca-Cola in a report on Sunday, July 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.92.

Analyst Recommendations for Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)

Shares of Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) opened at 41.15 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $41.80 and its 200-day moving average price is $43.47. Coca-Cola has a one year low of $40.63 and a one year high of $47.13. The company has a market cap of $177.48 billion, a PE ratio of 24.95 and a beta of 0.68.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.01. Coca-Cola had a net margin of 16.99% and a return on equity of 32.47%. The company had revenue of $10.60 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.47 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.51 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Coca-Cola will post $1.91 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 29th. Coca-Cola’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 84.85%.

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In other news, VP Kathy N. Waller sold 36,342 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.06, for a total transaction of $1,528,544.52. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 104,345 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,388,750.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 1.54% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of KO. Euclid Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Coca-Cola by 125.5% in the first quarter. Euclid Advisors LLC now owns 458,008 shares of the company’s stock valued at $21,247,000 after buying an additional 254,888 shares during the period. Avalon Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Coca-Cola by 10.3% in the first quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC now owns 661,940 shares of the company’s stock valued at $30,707,000 after buying an additional 62,060 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. boosted its stake in Coca-Cola by 4.1% in the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 545,414 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,315,000 after buying an additional 21,624 shares during the period. Squarepoint Ops LLC bought a new stake in Coca-Cola during the first quarter valued at $2,681,000. Finally, Arizona State Retirement System boosted its stake in Coca-Cola by 1.2% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 1,670,879 shares of the company’s stock valued at $77,512,000 after buying an additional 19,900 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 62.83% of the company’s stock.

About Coca-Cola

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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