Coca-Cola Co (KO): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Winner

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Coca-Cola ( KO) pushed the Food & Beverage industry higher today making it today's featured food & beverage winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola rose 43 cents (1.2%) to $36.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.2 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.86-$36.48 after having opened the day at $35.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.01. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that increased today were: China New Borun Corporation ( BORN), up 8.3%, Synutra International ( SYUT), up 8.2%, Craft Brew Alliance ( BREW), up 8.1%, and Central European Distribution ( CEDC), up 5.6%.
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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. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $162.18 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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