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This Energy Drink Stock Could Energize Your Portfolio

Among other things, Hansen Natural might be looking at a distribution deal with Coke.
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Hansen Natural

(HANS)

has been a controversial stock for quite some time, being attacked by the shorts over the past 18 months (short interest stands at close to 40% of the float) as growth slowed amid growing competition.

Yet, in the low-to-mid-$20s, way down from its $68 high set last year, the risk seems to be tilted to the upside.

UBS analyst Kaumil Gajrawala was out with an interesting call on Hansen on Sept. 18, noting that, according to

Beverage Business Insights

,

Coca-Cola

(KO) - Get Report

is reconsidering its energy strategy, including a possible distribution alliance or deal with Hansen. The publication was clear to mention that the deal may not necessarily include an equity stake. UBS believes that a Coke/Hansen combination inevitably makes sense, but it does not believe a deal is imminent.

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