Is Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) Back In The Buying Zone?

Currently, there are 4.31B common shares owned by the public and among those 4.28B shares have been available to trade.

The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 1.17% and 4.21% over the past three months. KO shares are trading 3.82% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -0.39% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $51.55 and touched a high of $64.99 over the same period. KO has an average intraday trading volume of 14.03 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 1.66%, 1.85%, and 3.58% respectively.

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Institutional ownership of Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) shares accounts for 72.62% of the company’s 4.31B shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $263.84B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.59. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 24.78, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $2.47. The company has a PEG of 3.99 and a Quick Ratio of 0.95 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 1.67. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 0.75% over the week and 0.96% over the month.

Analysts forecast that Coca-Cola Co (KO) will achieve an EPS of $0.7 for the current quarter, $0.81 for the next quarter and $3 for 2025. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.68 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.73. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.68 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 4.62%, and 6.58% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of 6.21% over the next five years, compared to 10.53% over the past 5-year period.

Looking at the support for the KO, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Citigroup stated their Buy rating for the stock in a research note on January 17, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $67-$68. Jefferies coverage for the Coca-Cola Co (KO) stock in a research note released on November 13, 2023 offered a Hold rating with a price target of $64. JP Morgan was of a view on July 14, 2023 that the stock is Overweight, while Citigroup gave the stock Buy rating on February 17, 2023, issuing a price target of $68. Wells Fargo on their part issued Overweight rating on February 15, 2023.

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