Coca-Cola (KO) Stock Moves -0.26%: What You Should Know

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Coca-Cola (KO) closed the most recent trading day at $57.68, moving -0.26% from the previous trading session. This move was narrower than the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.9%. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 0.58%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 0.93%.

Heading into today, shares of the world's largest beverage maker had gained 5.11% over the past month, outpacing the Consumer Staples sector's gain of 1.77% and the S&P 500's gain of 3.3% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from KO as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be January 30, 2020. On that day, KO is projected to report earnings of $0.43 per share, which would represent no growth from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $8.86 billion, up 25.53% from the year-ago period.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for KO. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.02% higher. KO currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

In terms of valuation, KO is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 25.77. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 21.35, so we one might conclude that KO is trading at a premium comparatively.

We can also see that KO currently has a PEG ratio of 3.94. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. Beverages - Soft drinks stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.11 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Beverages - Soft drinks industry is part of the Consumer Staples sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 108, which puts it in the top 43% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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