Stock on Demand This Week: The Coca-Cola Company (KO)

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) saw an upside of 0.45% to close Friday at $54.12 after adding $0.24 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 16,998,301 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $54.39 in the past week. An average of 17,309,551 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 13,356,886.

KO’s 1-month performance is -3.11% or -$2.30 on its low of $52.40 reached on 10/04/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $47.30 and high of $57.56, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 07/21/21. YTD, KO has lost -1.31% or -$0.72. However, the current price is down -5.98%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Aug 27, 45 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for The Coca-Cola Company (KO). SMITH BRIAN JOHN (President & COO) most recently sold 10,000 shares at $55.65 per share on Aug 27. This transaction cost the insider $556,505. SVP & Chief Technical Officer, QUAN NANCY, sold 6,625 shares at a price of $57.08 on Aug 10. Then, on Aug 09, SVP & General Counsel Douglas Monica Howard sold 12,089 shares at a price of $56.62 per share. This transaction amounted to $684,479.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 179.74 and a low of 18.14. KO stock has a beta of 0.65. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 6.39 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 10.49, with the price to cash flow ratio at 90.04.

The Coca-Cola Company pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share. Its dividend yield is 3.10% and the payout ratio is 87.90%. KO’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Oct. 1, when it paid $0.42 a share compared with prior rate of $0.42, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 59 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.01 reported on Friday February 19 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 10.81% yearly.

It is projected that The Coca-Cola Company’s next ex-dividend date will be on 1-Dec. KO is expected to distribute $0.42 as its next dividend.

The Coca-Cola Company’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.30, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.50 meaning that KO stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.79, while the total debt to equity was 1.89. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 60.60%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 32.92% while for the period ending June 29; The Coca-Cola Company’s operating margin was 25.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $19.58 billion against revenue of $33.01 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, The Coca-Cola Company’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $3.85 billion against total debt of $42.06 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected KO to announce $0.56 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.68, representing a 21.40% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $3.4 billion. KO stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 65.94 billion, with total debt at $42.06 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $4.32 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at The Coca-Cola Company (KO) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 08 October was 54.38% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 14.25%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $53.56, reflecting a +2.07% or $1.10 change from its current price. KO is currently trading -2.68% above its 20-day SMA, -0.40% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -5.14% and +2.58% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 59.71% and 43.15% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.75. The RSI (14) points at 47.84%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 71.07% with the period’s ATR at 0.73. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.70 and 0.43 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), Wells Fargo reiterated its an Overweight rating for the company but lifted their price target by $62 to $64. Analysts offering their rating for KO stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate KO as a “sell,”, while 11 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 5 rates the stock as overweight while 12 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is KO’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $55.00 and a high of $67.00, with their median price target at $62.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for The Coca-Cola Company (KO) stock is $62.08.


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