Analyzing Stocks on Analyst Opinion: The Coca-Cola Company (KO), Caterpillar Inc. (CAT)

Darnell Taylor
January 26, 2018

The stock is trading for about 0.27% more than its 52-week high. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) has risen 61.47% since January 25, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 5.63% the S&P500.

Gray increased its stake in Nike Inc (NKE) by 114.93% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Institutional owners hold 67.90% stake while Insiders ownership held at 0.77% in the company. This represents an increase of 16% in the number of shares being shorted compared to the previous reading, and implies that investors felt more pessimistic about the stock during the past two weeks. CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS also announced increased position in The Coca-Cola Company (KO) during the quarter. The stock decreased 0.80% or $0.26 during the last trading session, reaching $32.67. About 275,600 shares traded. (APEI) has declined 14.10% since January 25, 2017 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 124.16% the S&P500. Analysts are turning out to be more optimistic than before, with 13 of analysts who cover The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) advice adding it to buy candidate list. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.49 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that The Coca-Cola Co will post 1.91 EPS for the current year. KO's profit will be $1.62B for 31.49 P/E if the $0.38 EPS becomes a reality. The company reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.01. Lucas Cap holds 1.08% or 72,179 shares in its portfolio. The stock price of KO is moving up from its 20 days moving average with 2.83% and isolated positively from 50 days moving average with 2.98%. Cowen & Co has "Hold" rating and $42.0 target. The rating was downgraded by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, June 7 to "Market Perform". On Wednesday, July 26 the stock rating was maintained by Susquehanna with "Hold". As per Friday, September 25, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank.

Since August 7, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 6 selling transactions for $9.01 million activity. About 9.12 million shares traded. On Tuesday, August 15 the insider SMITH BRIAN JOHN sold $4.61 million. Waller Kathy N sold 23,240 shares worth $1.07M.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.2 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.14, from 0.94 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 48 investors sold KO shares while 641 reduced holdings. The Coca-Cola accounts for 0.8% of Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund's portfolio, making the stock its 24th largest position.

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At the session level, shares of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) moved 0.63% from the open. Levin Cap Strategies Lp holds 0.39% or 513,604 shares. Hayek Kallen Inv stated it has 2.71% of its portfolio in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a current ratio of 1.39. Rockefeller Financial owns 0.02% invested in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) for 23,531 shares. Marble Harbor Investment Counsel Ltd Liability Company reported 168,397 shares stake.

A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on KO. First Tru Co stated it has 0.22% of its portfolio in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO). The firm's revenue for the quarter was down 15.9% compared to the same quarter past year. Therefore 34% are positive. Constellation Brands had 74 analyst reports since August 27, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. As per Friday, July 7, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. Vetr upgraded shares of Coca-Cola Company (The) from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $44.81 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, April 24th. Company has a target price of $6.95. 11 of them rate its stock a hold. The company was downgraded on Thursday, September 29 by Stifel Nicolaus. Companies that have a market capitalization $300 million - $2 billion are classified as small-cap companies. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Moffett Nathanson on Tuesday, May 30. MANN JENNIFER K sold 8,819 shares worth $402,235. FROMBERG BARRY A sold 2,500 shares worth $520,000. 10,000 shares were sold by Matheson Monique S., worth $650,000 on Friday, December 15. 24 funds opened positions while 35 raised stakes. Saybrook Nc invested in 0.37% or 16,884 shares. Amer Intl Gp, New York-based fund reported 3,719 shares. 326,825 are held by Cambridge Investment Research Inc. (NYSE:STZ) for 1,495 shares. Bath Savings Trust reported 129,498 shares. Morgan Stanley invested in 0% or 355,029 shares. Benedict Fincl Advisors owns 91,626 shares. Hite Hedge Asset Mgmt Llc invested in 0.12% or 28,172 shares. (NYSE:STZ) for 277,731 shares. 103,984 are held by Cypress Asset Incorporated Tx. In this case, shares are 65.23% higher, the worst price in 52 weeks suffered on January 31, 2017, and are keeping their losses at 23.75% for the past six months. Van Cleef Asset Managementinc invested in 7,525 shares.

Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE:CCE) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. Ipswich Management Com Inc invested in 0.1% or 12,750 shares.

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