News stories about The Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. The Coca-Cola earned a news sentiment score of 1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news articles about the company an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected The Coca-Cola’s ranking:
- Is Coca-Cola a Buy? (fool.com)
- Georgia Tech expands Midtown campus (finance.yahoo.com)
- The Coca-Cola Co (KO) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- Guruji Mahendra Trivedi Hosts Trivedi Effect Workshop on December 1, 2018 (prweb.com)
- How Safe Is Coca-Cola’s Dividend? (seekingalpha.com)
NYSE KO opened at $50.40 on Friday. The Coca-Cola has a one year low of $41.45 and a one year high of $50.84. The stock has a market capitalization of $215.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.30 and a beta of 0.60. The company has a quick ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 14th. Investors of record on Friday, November 30th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 29th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.10%. The Coca-Cola’s payout ratio is 81.68%.
KO has been the subject of several recent research reports. Morgan Stanley set a $49.00 price objective on The Coca-Cola and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 29th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of The Coca-Cola in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. Macquarie set a $47.00 price target on The Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, September 14th. Argus raised The Coca-Cola to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 24th. Finally, HSBC set a $61.00 price target on The Coca-Cola and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.43.
In related news, SVP James L. Dinkins sold 8,754 shares of The Coca-Cola stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.95, for a total value of $411,000.30. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,354 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,331,220.30. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Kathy N. Waller sold 88,400 shares of The Coca-Cola stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $4,420,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 256,421 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,821,050. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 374,542 shares of company stock valued at $18,436,957 over the last quarter. 1.48% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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About The Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes various nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company provides water, enhanced water, and sports drinks; juices; juice, dairy, and plantbased beverages; teas and coffees; and energy drinks. It also offers concentrates, syrups, beverage bases, source waters, and powders/minerals, as well as fountain syrups to fountain retailers, such as restaurants and convenience stores.
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