Why Coca-Cola (KO) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Coca-Cola (KO) was gaining 0.3% to $41.05 Wednesday after announcing it will start production in five new factories in Egypt and Pakistan over the next 18 months.

The company will invest $500 million into the region, and expects to see double-digit sales growth in both countries this year. The $500 million investment will be spent over the next three years. Part of the investment will be used to build a new plant between Cairo and Alexandria, while the rest is used to boost production in existing factories, according to Reuters.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates COCA-COLA CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate COCA-COLA CO (KO) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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