Wolfe Research lifts The Coca-Cola Company [KO] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

The Coca-Cola Company [NYSE: KO] loss -1.49% or -0.81 points to close at $53.66 with a heavy trading volume of 11630935 shares. The company report on April 22, 2021 that AB InBev 100+ Accelerator partners with The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever for Sustainable Startup Innovation.

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, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Unilever have joined the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) 100+ Accelerator to fund and pilot sustainable innovation in supply chains.

Launched in 2018, the 100+ Accelerator is a global incubator program that works to solve supply chain challenges across water stewardship, circular economy, sustainable agriculture and climate action. Over the last two years, the program has accelerated 36 companies in 16 countries. The 100+ Accelerator offers size and scale to passionate entrepreneurs to help bring their solutions to market faster. These startups have raised more than $200 million and are scaling globally to achieve the program’s mission: to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable solutions and to do business the right way, not the easy way.

It opened the trading session at $54.47, the shares rose to $54.51 and dropped to $53.58, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for KO points out that the company has recorded 5.88% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -24.21% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 16.64M shares, KO reached to a volume of 11630935 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about The Coca-Cola Company [KO]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for KO shares is $59.36 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on KO stock is a recommendation set at 2.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Wolfe Research have made an estimate for The Coca-Cola Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Peer Perform, with their previous recommendation back on April 13, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, RBC Capital Mkts raised their target price from $55 to $60. The new note on the price target was released on March 08, 2021, representing the official price target for The Coca-Cola Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $58, while Bernstein analysts kept a Outperform rating on KO stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Coca-Cola Company is set at 0.70, with the Price to Sales ratio for KO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 6.91. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 11.95, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.53. Price to Free Cash Flow for KO in the course of the last twelve months was 108.71 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.10.

Trading performance analysis for KO stock

The Coca-Cola Company [KO] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.63. With this latest performance, KO shares gained by 3.15% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 5.88% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 18.12% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for KO stock in for the last two-week period is set at 56.93, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 52.50, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.65 for The Coca-Cola Company [KO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 51.85, while it was recorded at 54.27 for the last single week of trading, and 50.49 for the last 200 days.

The Coca-Cola Company [KO]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Coca-Cola Company [KO] shares currently have an operating margin of +28.27 and a Gross Margin at +59.12. The Coca-Cola Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +23.46.

Return on Total Capital for KO is now 14.26, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 14.30. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 40.48, with Return on Assets sitting at 8.92. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, The Coca-Cola Company [KO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 230.14. Additionally, KO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 69.71, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 50.88. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 214.65, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 65.02.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, The Coca-Cola Company [KO] managed to generate an average of $96,476 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 9.28 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.38.The Coca-Cola Company’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.10 and a Current Ratio set at 1.30.

The Coca-Cola Company [KO]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, The Coca-Cola Company posted 0.42/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.4/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 5.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for KO. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for The Coca-Cola Company go to 9.05%.

An analysis of insider ownership at The Coca-Cola Company [KO]

There are presently around $155,827 million, or 69.10% of KO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of KO stocks are: BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC with ownership of 400,000,000, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 312,557,861 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $16.77 billion in KO stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $15.18 billion in KO stock with ownership of nearly -6.156% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in The Coca-Cola Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 1,203 institutional holders increased their position in The Coca-Cola Company [NYSE:KO] by around 135,958,833 shares. Additionally, 1,056 investors decreased positions by around 111,882,873 shares, while 285 investors held positions by with 2,656,130,213 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 2,903,971,919 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. KO stock had 228 new institutional investments in for a total of 15,941,555 shares, while 91 institutional investors sold positions of 5,453,149 shares during the same period.

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