5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Coca-Cola

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.

Coca-Cola facts

Headquarters (founded) Atlanta (1886)
Market Cap $178.4 billion
Industry Soft drinks
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
Dividend Yield 2.5%
Competitors Dr Pepper Snapple Group
PepsiCo

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.  

Earlier this week , one of those bulls, codespeed, tapped the stock as a particularly solid income opportunity:

[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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  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2012, at 10:41 AM, sept2749 wrote:

    I love KO it has been good to me but I need lots more. I am a member of MF Income investor and they have KO on hold - they probably feel it's too pricey right now. I would like to know your feelings and the feelings of others. Also, is there a date where you must be a stockholder to get the split?

  • Report this Comment On August 10, 2012, at 10:53 AM, swedenclunk wrote:

    Just sold KO having held it all the way from 45. Not an expert, but the feeling I get is todays it is a safe haven purchase. For me at 46 I want something with more growth. It was a hard choice.But it is one stock which won't keep you awake at night.

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