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3 Strong Signs From Coca-Cola's Weak Earnings Report

By Demitri Kalogeropoulos – Feb 19, 2014 at 7:04PM

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A look beyond the headline numbers in the beverage giant's latest quarterly results.

Judging by the stock's reaction after Coca-Cola (KO 0.10%) reported earnings this week, investors were not happy with the beverage king's results. Shares fell almost 4% -- a big swing for an almost $200 billion Dow giant. And yet, while most of Wall Street focused on the near-zero growth in its soda business, Coke actually logged some impressive wins last quarter.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos highlights three of those positive business trends. First, Coke booked its eighth straight year of market share gains in the soda market thanks to contributions across its brand portfolio. Second, the company's still-beverage division turned in healthy global volume growth of 6% versus sparkling soda's flat quarter. And finally, Coke's finances are as strong as ever: It generated $10.5 billion in cash last year -- more than enough to send significant returns to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases while still reinvesting in the business.

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Coca-Cola. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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