Dow Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 42.0 points (-0.2%) at 17,071 as of Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 161.6 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 304.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,641 issues advancing vs. 1,297 declining with 186 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 38-cent decline (-0.9%) bringing the stock to $40.81. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 2.88 points or roughly accounting for 6.9% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 10.2 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 11.9 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $185.13 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.9%.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures and distributes coke, diet coke, and other soft drinks worldwide. The company primarily offers nonalcoholic beverages, including 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 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.

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