Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Coca-Cola's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Atlanta (1886)|
|Market Cap||$178.4 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$47.5 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Muhtar Kent
CFO Gary Fayard
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||32.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$17.0 billion / $32.5 billion|
|Competitors||Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 6,550 members who have rated Coca-Cola believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[Coca-Cola] could see a sales growth of about 5% for the next two years. Applying the current P/E to the 2013 EPS estimate, [Coca-Cola] has good potential to climb to as high as $85 [not including the stock split] in the next 12 months, and is a good low volatility play in this challenging economic environment considering its stable and solid dividend that it offers. ... [Coca-Cola's] dividend yield is about 2.7% and the company has consistently increased both its earnings and dividends. In fact, 2012 marked Coca-Cola's 50th consecutive year of annual dividend increases.
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