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Coca-Cola: 5 Reasons to Buy the Stock

By Jim Woods of InvestorPlace

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Coca-Cola (KO - Get Report) is one of the world's most best-known companies and brands.

Coca-Cola has been serving up its fizzy cola drink since the 19th century, and over the past six decades the beverage giant's stock has delivered big-time returns to shareholders. Like shares of most major conglomerates, Coke's stock took a hit from October 2008 to March 2009, but for the remainder of that year the company's shares fought their way back and became a huge winner.

So far in 2010, however, Coca-Cola stock is down nearly 6%. Will Coca-Cola shares continue to fizz out here, or is the stock now a buy? Here are five reasons why you should consider drinking up Coke stock.
  • Coke earnings are strong. On April 20, Coca-Cola reported first-quarter earnings that were 19% higher than the same quarter one year ago. The company said it earned $1.61 billion, or 69 cents per share, up from earnings of $1.35 billion, or 58 cents a share, a year ago.

    Excluding one-time items such as restructuring charges and the impact of the Venezuela currency devaluation, earnings would have been 80 cents per share. The adjusted EPS number did fall short of the 75 cents anticipated by analysts. Coke's first-quarter sales rose 5% to $7.53 billion, and though this number was slightly below expectations, it's still very strong.
  • Coca-Cola sees rising unit case volume. Worldwide unit case volume for Coca-Cola, a measure of the number of unit cases (or unit case equivalents) of trademarked or licensed beverage products directly or indirectly sold, rose 3% in the quarter. International case volume grew at a 5% pace. In the previous quarter, unit case volume worldwide climbed 5%, and once again we saw strong gains in the international markets. This measure is similar to the retail same-store sales measure, and solid growth in this metric means continued upside for Coca-Cola stock.
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