Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 10.0 points at 13,265 as of Monday, Aug 20, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 229.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 661.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,081 issues advancing vs. 1,803 declining with 153 unchanged.

Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with an eight-cent decline (-0.2%) bringing the stock to $39.45. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.61 points or roughly accounting for 6.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of seven million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $179.09 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.6%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 21.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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