NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Coca-Cola (KO) ticked up 0.26% to $44.33 in afternoon trading Thursday after Nomura Securities suggested the beverage manufacturer could be the target of a leveraged buyout.
The firm posited the idea after Brazil's 3G Capital began raising significant funds for a takeover in the U.S. food and beverage market, according to Forbes. The article cited Brazilian news magazine Veja, which reported the company has raised approximately $2.5 billion of the $4 billion to $5 billion it plans to raise.
Bernstein also suggested Thursday that Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) could construct a deal with Coca-Cola similar to its recent purchase of Duracell from Procter & Gamble (PG) . Under such a deal, Berkshire would acquire Coca-Cola's North American bottling operations, valued at $12.8 billion. Berkshire currently holds a $17.8 billion stake in Coca-Cola.
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Separately, 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 several positive factors, 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, 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 sub par growth in net income."