Coca-Cola Co (KO): Food & Beverage's Featured Daily Laggard

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Coca-Cola ( KO) pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today making it today's featured Food & Beverage laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola fell 99 cents (-2.4%) to $40.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.7 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.05-$40.99 after having opened the day at $40.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.08. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Primo Water ( PRMW), down 13.7%, Tianli Agritech ( OINK), down 11.8%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 11.6%, and Omega Protein Corporation ( OME), down 8.4%.
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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 $183.53 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five 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 revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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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