Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 31.0 points (-0.2%) at 15,597 as of Friday, Aug 2, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 171.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 584.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,325 issues advancing vs. 1,528 declining with 138 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 56-cent decline (-1.4%) bringing the stock to $40. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 4.31 points or roughly accounting for 13.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 11.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 13.4 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $177.68 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

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.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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