Coca-Cola Co (KO): Today's Featured Food & Beverage 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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Coca-Cola fell $0.40 (-1.0%) to $38.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,056,911 shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,766,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.11-$38.60 after having opened the day at $38.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.52. Other companies within the Food & Beverage industry that declined today were: Pilgrims Pride ( PPC), down 7.8%, Tyson Foods ( TSN), down 7.3%, Tootsie Roll Industries Incorporated ( TR), down 5.8% and Lifeway Foods ( LWAY), down 5.1%.

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 $169.8 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 6.3% 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 5 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 expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Castle Brands Incorporated ( ROX), up 19.4%, Amira Nature Foods ( ANFI), up 6.7%, Primo Water ( PRMW), up 4.5% and SodaStream International ( SODA), up 3.6%.

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