Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: Coca-Cola (KO) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up nine points at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014, 12:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 127 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 293.3 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 17-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $41.47. Volume for Coca-Cola currently sits at 7.4 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 12.8 million shares.

Coca-Cola has a market cap of $182.02 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 0.8% 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, reasonable valuation levels, 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 generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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